Hayden Panettiere to Get Footloose with Chace Crawford?

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Heroes starlet Hayden Panettiere has apparently auditioned for director Kenny Ortega's updated remake of the classic 1980s flick Footloose.

The actress recently sang for filmmakers (the new Footloose flick is being turned into a full-blown musical à la the Broadway version), and "they were really impressed ... no one realized what a good singer she is," says an insider.

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In addition to being the topic of myriad Heroes spoilers, Hayden Panettiere actually has a slew of musical credits to her name. Not only did she release a pop single, "Wake Up Call," but she's recorded tunes for various soundtracks.

If she makes it the next round, Panettiere will likely have a dance audition, followed by a script reading with Gossip Girl star Chace Crawford.

While Crawford isn't officially on board to star as Ren McCormack (played by Kevin Bacon in the original), sources say the gig is pretty much a done deal.

For those unfamiliar, Ren is a city boy who moves to small town where rock music and dance are prohibited. He decides to revolt and overturn the laws!

Hayden Panettiere would play Ariel Moore, who falls for Ren much to the chagrin of her boyfriend and her Bible-thumping father. The original flick included hits like the title track and "Let's Hear It for the Boy." Awesome.

The remake was supposed to star Zac Efron, who dropped out. Dancing With the Stars' Julianne Hough is also being considered for Ariel. Julianne says she's done with Dancing on TV, so she's got the time if she's interested ...

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Julinne Hough all the way for Ariel. She looks nice with Chace!!!!!

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NO Hayden in Footloose movie!! WORST decision ever!! DO NOT DO IT!! Many of us won't watch and will boycott!! Pick an actress!!

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NO Hayden in Footloose movie!! WORST decision ever!! DO NOT DO IT!! Many of us won't watch and will boycott!! Pick an actress!!

Hayden Panettiere Biography

Hayden: InStyle UK Photo Hayden Panettiere is a pretty and talented young star. You might know her from Heroes, though she has also starred in more than a dozen... More »
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Palisades, New York
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Hayden Leslie Panettiere
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