So a Dirty Dancing remake is coming soon – and we’ve got SO many questions!
For starters, can a remake ever live up to the wonderful original? Who would be brave enough to take on such a challenge? And who could possibly fill the toe tapping, log balancing, dance flooring gliding shoes of Patrick Swayze?!
Here’s everything we know about the plans to remake this iconic film so far…
1 – The remake is due to air on TV, not at the cinema
American channel ABC is writing and producing the Dirty Dancing remake for a three-hour TV movie! It makes its debut on May 24th!
2. The first pics from the remake have landed!
Here are just a few teaser pics ahead of the Dirty Dancing remake ahead of it hitting our screen. And we are surprised to see stars including Debra Messing are on the class list!
3 – Jennifer Grey turned down a part in the remake of the 1987 film
Nobody puts Baby in a remake! Jennifer Grey, who we all know as the actress who played ‘Baby’ opposite Patrick Swayze in the original film, has revealed ABC offered her a role in the network’s TV movie, but she turned it down.
The actress, who is now 56-years-old, explained why she didn’t want to be part of the re-make to The Hollywood Reporter:
“I was asked to do something on that show and I was flattered because I always want to be asked because it’s nice to want to be included. But for me, it would be sacrosanct for me to do it because it didn’t feel appropriate to me”
Although Jennifer wouldn’t divulge what role the producers offered her, she did say, “I will tell you, it wasn’t Baby!”
4 – Nicole Scherzinger has been cast as Penny
The talented singer and actress will appear as the dance partner of the lead character Jonny Castle – and she’s already getting in shape for the part!
The former X Factor judge is no stranger to theatrical performance or taking on demanding dancing roles, as she took to the West-End stage in the revival of Cats in her highly-acclaimed role as ‘Grizabella’.
5 – Some of the brains behind the original film are helping make this newest version (so it should be good!)
The small screen adaptation of the 1987 classic movie is in safe hands as Eleanor Bergstein, who wrote the screenplay for the original movie and was the mastermind behind the incredibly successful musical, is on board for this Dirty Dancing remake.
6 – We now know who is playing Johnny – and he’s HOT!
An incredibly daunting and demanding role for any actor, it’s no surprise that the makers behind the new Dirty Dancing are taking their time choosing someone to fill Patrick Swayze’s shoes! Now, we know that nobody could ever replace Mr.Swayze, but if anyone had to take on the role made famous by Patrick, it might as well be someone as talented (and good looking) as this gentleman! Ladies, meet Colt Prattes…
The buff actor, singer, and dancer made a name for himself in the USA appearing in hit musicals on Broadway, and performing with award-winning singer Pink. He’s a ‘triple threat’ performer and sure to make audiences blush with his cheeky smile (and when he takes his shirt off!) We’re looking forward to seeing Cole in action…
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7 – The role of ‘Baby’ will be played by…
Little Miss Sunshine star Abigail Breslin! The 20-year-old American actress is taking on the iconic role played my Jennifer Grey in the original smash-hit film.