Gossip Girl star Chace Crawford will headline the remake of Footloose, as has been rumored for weeks, while a new, hot name is being tossed around for the potential female lead in the forthcoming song-and-dance extravaganza:
"They've expressed interest in Miley for the part," a source close to the tween queen said. Another source close to the Footloose production further added that Cyrus "is definitely in the mix" to star opposite Chace Crawford.
That mix currently includes Hayden Panettiere, Amanda Bynes and Dancing With the Stars' Julianne Hough, all of whom have auditioned for the part of Ariel Moore, the independent, rebellious character played in 1984 by Lori Singer.
Either way, the studio has finally locked up Chace Crawford. The Gossip Girl guy had been in line for the role of Ren McCormack since Zac Efron got cold feet.
Chace Crawford is ready to get Footloose ... but with whom?
Miley Cyrus has not auditioned for the role, but her singing and dancing skills have already been proven. Then again, that would also be true of Julianne Hough.
While Cyrus' reps had no comment, it may be a bit premature to think she would or could take the role, as the Disney corporate drone's schedule is booked solid.
Chace Crawford and another Dancing With the Stars pro, Julianne's brother Derek Hough, were among those to audition for the role originated by Kevin Bacon.
Footloose, to be directed by High School Musical's Kenny Ortega, is set to begin shooting in March 2010, around when Chace wraps Season 3 of Gossip Girl.
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