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Kenny Wormald is getting his first big leading role by recreating the character Ren MacCormack in Footloose. He's previously been featured in the MTV series Dancelife and films like Center Stage: Turn It Up and You Got Served. The remake opens up today in theaters, but not many know much more of the up and comer.
We Want More Though.
Well, not really. It is intriguing though to know who's portraying Kevin Bacon's iconic role for no reason.
Here's some other trivia about the actor:
- He's from Bahston, Massachusetts and was born in 1984.
- Stephanie Webber
Updating a classic can be treacherous, like building a strip mall on hallowed ground; but director Craig Brewer ("Hustle & Flow") avoided the dreaded "High School Musical" route for his remake of "Footloose."
Fans will be relieved to hear that two of the original songs made the cut. Some other adjustments include having four very different dance sequences, and demolition derby buses instead of tractors. Brewer also anchored the script by fleshing out a backstory in which five Bomont teens were tragically killed after a night of dancing and loud music.
But the best upgrade to "Footloose" is the casting of professional dancers in the two lead roles. Everybody loves '80s dance movies, but come on, back then it was super-obvious whenever they swapped Kevin Bacon or Jennifer Beals with their wig-wearing dance doubles.
Also Check Out: "Footloose" Then and Now
The film, opening this Friday, is already catching some major buzz. »
- Cassie Carpenter
How many degrees away from Kevin Bacon are you if you play his character almost 30 years later? Kenny Wormald, who is kicking off his Sunday shoes as Ren McCormack in the remake of 1984's "Footloose," is about to find out. The new "Footloose" opens this Friday and costars Julianne Hough from "Dancing With the Stars," Dennis Quaid and Andie MacDowell.
Age: 27 (the exact same age as the original "Footloose")
Hometown: Boston, Mass.
What He's Done: Wormald danced his way into Paramount's hearts through nerve-wracking open auditions. Before this, he starred in 2008's "Center Stage: Turn It Up," shook his groove thang in a number of music videos, and even toured with Justin Timberlake and the Pussycat Dolls as a backup dancer.
What He's Doing Now: Wormald's Ren is a big-city boy with little-city blues in Bomont, where no one is allowed to dance or listen to rock 'n' roll or have any fun ever, »
- Jenni Miller
Footloose gets the remake treatment, and the end result really isn't too bad at all. Here's our review...
Oh, Mr Bacon. It’s been so long. But I remember. That red tuxedo… That yellow Volkswagen Beetle… That warehouse dance sequence. Because that’s how easy it is to fuel a lifelong obsession with Kevin, with his chiseled cheeks and wayward, fuzzy hair indicative of a lifetime spent sticking errant fingers in wayward sockets. What good is Footloose without that monumental fox of eighties funkiness? Can a fresh-faced imposter do justice to those Sunday shoes? Heck, is it worth his while even fastening his shoelaces?
Footloosers everywhere will be jumpy. As well as making Bacon a poster boy, the original movie delivered an iconic soundtrack stuffed with fist-pumping cheese, turning Kenny Loggins into a legend and inspiring impressionable teens to do strange things on living room carpets. Anyone who rooted for »
Title: Footloose (2011) Directed by: Craig Brewer (‘Hustle & Flow,’ ‘Black Snake Moan’) Starring: Kenny Wormald ‘(‘Center Stage: Turn It Up’), Julianne Hough (‘Burlesque,’ TV’s ‘Dancing With the Stars’) and Dennis Quaid Some films so perfectly capture the voice of a generation that even the mention of remaking it brings criticisms by loyal fans. ‘Footloose,’ which helped launch Kevin Bacon’s career when it was released in 1984, is one such movie. Teens were able to relate to Bacon’s rebellious character, Ren MacCormack, who tirelessly questioned the authority of the adults running his town. The new ‘Footloose’ remake, which was directed and co-written by Craig Brewer and is being released by »
We're also looking forward to 'Three Musketeers,' 'In Time' and 'Like Crazy' this month.
By Kara Warner
Photo: Paramount Pictures
As we while away the remaining days of September, there is a lot more than Halloween candy to look forward to in the month of October. We're talking about October movies, of course, when studios begin unveiling their heavy-hitting award contenders, as well as a few fun, fall-themed crowd-pleasers. In order of their release dates, here are a few of the films we're most looking forward to seeing on the big screen in October:
"The Ides of March": Really, what's not to like about this movie? You have George Clooney as director and star, alongside 2011 "it" guy Ryan Gosling in a film about corruption in politics. It's timely, smart and in addition to featuring two handsome leading men, boasts »
Kenny Wormald may not be a household name… yet. His biggest films to date include "Clerks II" (in which he simply plays a character called "Dancer") and "Center Stage: Turn It Up" (yeah, we never heard of that one either).
But that's all about to change when "Footloose" sashays onto screens on October 14—and Wormald, who plays leading man Ren MacCormick, is already being coined as "star material" by the powers that be.
According to the Hollywood Insider, word around Tinseltown is that many of those involved in the remake have screened "Footlose" and like what they see.
Apparently the guy can sing, dance and, above all, make the ladies swoon.
While there are, in theory, a "couple" of young actors being considered for the part of Johnny, it »
- Elizabeth Durand
Here are 36 hi-res photos, of Craig Brewer’s upcoming remake Footloose, starring Kenny Wormald (Center Stage: Turn It Up) as rug-cutting bad boy Ren, the role made famous by Kevin Bacon in the 1984 original.
Hit the jump to check them out.
Kenny Wormald as Ren MacCormack
Footloose follows the basic structure of the ’84 original, albeit transplanted to the South instead of the Midwest American setting. Ren McCormack, who arrives to stay with family in the small town of Bomont. But he soon runs afoul of the local reverend (Dennis Quaid) who, along with the town government, has pushed through measures to ban public dancing in the aftermath of a tragic accident that killed a carload of high school students.
Still, Ren decides to challenge the ruling and finds solid support from Ariel Moore (Julianne Hough), who just so happens to be the reverend’s rebellious, »
- Allan Ford
Step one: Kick off your Sunday shoes. (Seriously. It’s Wednesday. They’re starting to smell.) Step 2: Watch the brand-new trailer for Paramount’s Footloose remake (below), starring Kenny Wormald (Center Stage: Turn It Up) as rug-cutting bad boy Ren, the role made famous by Kevin Bacon in the 1984 original. The basic story looks the same, with Ren falling for a preacher’s daughter (Dancing with the Stars’ Julianne Hough) while tussling with her overbearing dad (Dennis Quaid) over their town’s anti-dancing law. And there’s even a new version of the famous, high-flying warehouse dance scene. But crunk dancing? »
- Adam Markovitz
Cabaret and Los Angeles aren’t often uttered in the same sentence. No doubt, New York City comes to mind when one thinks of cabaret. But here’s a shocker: Something fun and cabaret-y is indeed going on in L.A. It’s called the For the Record series, and it’s held at a venue called Barre in the ever-charming Los Feliz neighborhood of L.A. The interesting thing about Record is that it’s not just for New York ex-pats who crave stage shows: Movie lovers — yes, that’s most of you Angelenos! — will appreciate it, too, as »
- Tanner Stransky
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