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Chace Crawford replaces Zac Efron in 'Footloose' remake

Tbd-chacecrawford052109 We have good news and bad news concerning the completely unnecessary remake of Footloose, and since we love to be dour about things, we'll take the good news first. It seems Zac Efron is out as the lead. Woo-hoo! The bad? He's being replaced by Gossip Girl's Chace Crawford. Oh 1984, where are you?

People says Crawford will play Kevin Bacon's Ren McCormack, since Efron dropped out to pursue other roles. Could the fact that High School Musical director Kenny Ortega is directing have played a part? Our Juice* 8-ball says all signs point to "sure, why not."

[Photo: Chace with CNN's Kiran Chetry. Why is he at the White House Correspondents' Dinner? Getty Images]

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 10:36am]

    

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