Paramount’s Footloose remake has a star and his name is Chace Crawford. At one point Zac Efron was rumored to be involved, but he bowed out to do something less silly. If Crawford is the biggest name they could land, then maybe Efron made the right decision. This is starting to stick a lot like that Dirty Dancing pseudo-remake which no one went to see a few years ago. Besides, I refuse to believe anything good can come from hiring a guy who spells “Chase” with a “c”.

Crawford’s not a total unknown of course. He’s probably best known for his role on Gossip Girl where he plays Nate Archibald. Again though, that should clue you in on what kind of audience they’re going for here. They’re targeting the Gossip Girl audience. This will all end in tears.

The original Footloose of course, did not suck and starred Kevin Bacon as a city kid who moves to a small town where rock music and dancing are banned. He dances anyway. The real unsung hero of the film is John Lithgow as the town’s uptight, rock n’ roll hating preacher. Nobody does religious zealot like him. Nobody. Even if Chacse somehow manages to channel is best Bacon, they’ll never find another Lithgow.

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