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'Footloose': Hayden Panettiere in contention for lead role?

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The Footloose remake has been a source of constant casting speculation ever since Zac Efron dropped out of the lead role last month. Today, for instance, the net was abuzz after Marc Malkin at E! online broke the news that Hayden Panettiere had auditioned to play the romantic lead opposite Chace Crawford. But a source close to the production tells EW.com that the Heroes star is not being considered for the part. We’ll be diving into this to find out more. Stay tuned.

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