Chace Crawford has pulled a Zac Efron. No, not the hair ... though that would apply.
The Gossip Girl star has unexpectedly backed out of the casting-plagued remake of Footloose, rendering the production once again short its leading man.
The film has been in the works, at least in theory, for a long time now, first with Efron scheduled to headline it and then Crawford. Both have bailed out.
Zac reportedly did not want to be typecast as the dude from cheesy, dance-themed films. Understandable. Chace's Gossip Girl schedule is the culprit.
CUT LOOSE: Chace Crawford has ... by his own volition.
As for which fleet-footed pretty boy may step in next? The studio may try to solve its casting woes by searching for an unknown star. Not a bad move.
Fortunately, still attached to the project, meanwhile, is former Dancing With the Stars cutie Julianne Hough. Who wouldn't sign on for that alone?