Derek Hough and Lea Michele Eyed for 'Dirty Dancing' Remake

Chace Crawford and Demi Lovato are also being considered for Kenny Ortega's return to Kellerman's Resort.

Derek Hough might take the lead in Dirty Dancing
Derek Hough might take the lead in Dirty Dancing
Following quickly on the news that Michael Jackson's This Is It director and original Dirty Dancing choreographer Kenny Ortega is helming the Dirty Dancing remake, we're now starting to hear trickles of who may be cast in the film.

At the top of the list for Patrick Swayze's Johnny Castle is Derek Hough, best known as one of the dancers on Dancing with the Stars. Hough is set to make his feature film acting debut with the upcoming Cobu 3D, which centers on two star-crossed dancers who find themselves at the center of a bitter rivalry between their brothers' competing underground dance clubs.

Derek Hough is actively campaigning for the part of Johnny Castle, hoping that it will push his career in the same direction as Patrick Swayze. Producers may have different ideas, though, as Gossip Girl's Chace Crawford and Glee's Matthew Morrison are also being considered.

Though, its unlikely that Matthew Morrison will get the role, as Kenny Ortega and his crew are pushing to cast that show's Lea Michele in the role of Jennifer Grey's Frances "Baby" Houseman, and having two Glee alumni may prove to be a difficult sale. Also on Dirty Dancing's Baby radar are Demi Lovato and Miley Cyrus. So, it seems they are casting on both nose and dance talent at this time.

Official casting announcements are expected soon.

Dirty Dancing comes to theaters in 2014. The film is directed by Kenny Ortega.



Sources: The Sun

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  1. Lucas Souza

    Lea Michelle &#233 a atriz ideal para o papel eu pelo menos colocaria Zac Efron como Patrick mas Matew Morrison tanbem &#233 &#243timo pode ate ser Velho mas melhor ki os outros &#233.

    3 years agoby @Lucas-SouzaFlag

  2. ROFLitschristian

    @moviefreak97 That's not what I said. Reread buddy. It's a classic like Coyote Ugly or Showgirls, terrible films but were major movies at the time being.

    3 years agoby @ROFLitschristianFlag

  3. MovieFreak97

    @ROFLitschristian Classic doesn't mean good

    3 years agoby @moviefreak97Flag

  4. Raprapandrada

    what's next? they will remake the sound of music and west side story?! please hollywood, stop with these remakes. make new ones!!!

    3 years agoby @raprapandradaFlag

  5. Jamie White

    Right at the top of the really, really bad ideas list and they should be ashamed of themselves for thinking of it. This is guaranteed to be straight to video where it will die a death of the totally unwanted and ignored.

    3 years agoby @Jamie-WhiteFlag

  6. alhmiss

    I think remaking this movie would be as horrible an attempt as remaking footloose. Leave this oldie alone and try to make a new movie all on your own. If it is going to made the only person who even fits the part would be Lea Michelle. None of those guys have the bad boy attitude persona to take on Johnny. I say that if they are going to remake it then make Johnny Channing Tatum. He has made several dance movies and carries the attitude for the part.... Again I beg, please don't do it.

    3 years agoby @alhmissFlag

  7. RojoDiablo

    @newtron yeah right!

    3 years agoby @rojodiabloFlag

  8. WonderWomyn

    I think that this should be an updated version and not a remake. I could see Hough playing a ballroom dance instructor who moonlights in the dance clubs. But not with Lea Michele. We need someone who can actually dance. Also, a small cameo from Jennifer Grey would be great. Give her a dance number with Hough. We already know she'll be able to do it from her time on Dancing With The Stars.

    3 years agoby @wonderwomyn74Flag

  9. Milena Buxton

    I think Derek Hough will be great !I hope he gets the role as he is incredibly talented!

    3 years agoby @Milena-BuxtonFlag

  10. ROFLitschristian

    @moviefreak97 It's really not that the original wasn't that great. It's because Dirty Dancing is a classic and, to my sister for example, one of the most iconic films ever. This is just a mockery.

    3 years agoby @ROFLitschristianFlag

  11. ROFLitschristian

    Like we really need Lea Michelle to make this awful remake even more sh*ttier. My head's going to explode if I see her doing this.

    3 years agoby @ROFLitschristianFlag

  12. Salem6777

    and i saw this coming... i hate Hollywood

    3 years agoby @Salem6777Flag

  13. K.Guy

    I saw that on the news this morning and the article was titled 'HOLLYWOOD RUNNING OUT OF IDEAS?'.

    3 years agoby @kguyFlag

  14. Newtron

    Derek Hough is a strange looking human being

    3 years agoby @newtronFlag

  15. Cripple

    F*ck this remake.

    3 years agoby @crippleFlag

  16. thrashnasty190

    F*ck you Hollywood.

    3 years agoby @thrashnasty190Flag

  17. MovieFreak97

    Why did I give this a thumbs up? For several reasons.

    1.) Kenny Ortega is the PERFECT director for the job.
    2.) The original isn't all that great to begin with so I'm not complaining that it's being remade
    3.) Lea Michele is EXACTLY who I would choose to take over. That girl is an exceptionally talented actress/singer/dancer.

    However, I'm not too happy over any of the choices to take over Patrick Swayze. Morrison's too old and his previous relationship with Michele on Glee would make the entire thing come off as creepy and the rest aren't too great actors. I personally feel they should get Zac Efron.

    3 years agoby @moviefreak97Flag

  18. bipolarmassive

    Remakes Remakes Remakes! F*cking Hollywood! And the only ones who will watch this garbage is the Teeny Bopper Crowd that Hollywood is catering too with all these remakes!

    3 years agoby @addictionnonfatelFlag

  19. Writer220

    no I refuse to accept this no one can replace the originals

    3 years agoby @writer220Flag

  20. MovieManiac

    Back in the day, it was easier to do movies like this because there were actors in hollywood who were dancers and actor's. Nowadays, it's either you have a dancer who cannot act for his life or an actor who does like none of his own dancing in the film because he is not a trained dancer.

    3 years agoby @moviemaniac66Flag

  21. ejk1

    Whatever. If Hough tries the line "Nobody puts Baby into a corner," I may piss myself laughing. Swayze had the credibility as a tough ass that could dance; Hough is a dancer that probably can't fight his way out of a paper bag.

    3 years agoby @ejk1Flag

  22. Mr. Fixit

    Why the hell?? Oh come on, People!! I blame f**king GLEE for this sh*t!!

    3 years agoby @mrfixitFlag