Hollywood newcomer KENNY WORMALD is stepping into Kevin Bacon's shoes for the remake of movie musical FOOTLOOSE following the departures of both Zac Efron and Chace Crawford.
The project has been delayed twice in recent months after the two top choices quit.
Thomas Dekker, the star of Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, had been tipped to take over the lead role, but Paramount Pictures executives announced on Tuesday (22Jun10) that Wormald had landed the part.
The 25-year-old professional dancer has previously appeared on Jennifer Lopez's MTV reality show DanceLife and 2008 movie Center Stage 2: Turn it Up.
Actress Lori Singer is expected to return to make an appearance in the new Footloose, 17 years after she played Bacon's wildchild love interest Ariel in the 1984 film. Singer Julianna Hough is still tapped to play Ariel in the remake, which will be directed by Craig Brewer.
The movie is expected to hit movie theatres in April, 2011.