Good news for the Fame remake nobody really thinks is necessary: The high school’s faculty will include Bebe Neuwirth (dance), Kelsey Grammer (orchestra), Megan Mullally (voice), and Broadway actor Charles S. Dutton (acting) in the 2009 film. Debbie Allen, who played the hardass ballet teacher in 1980 (and in the ensuing TV series), will be the school’s principal. That’s quite the principle part! Teachers didn’t play a huge role in the original film, but since the remake’s high schoolers will be played by relative unknowns, it can certainly benefit from some bigger names. For extra intrigue, the producers may wish to change the movie’s title to The Faculty 2: Singing the Body Electric.
Does this casting news make you more or less excited for the Fame remake? Full disclosure: I just became 1000% more jazzed myself after a cursory look at IMDB, because I noticed that So You Think You Can Dance alum Kherington Payne will be playing “Alice.” [Cue Cat Deeley voice] “It’s…Kherrrrrrrrrrrrrringtonnnnnnn.” She’s gonna learn how to fly!
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