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Chace Crawford out of 'Footloose': Who should replace him?

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Image Credit: Jamie McCarthy/WireImage.com; Anna Webber/WireImage.comTurns out Chace Crawford, like Zac Efron before him, will not be cutting Footloose after all. As EW reported yesterday, the Gossip Girl cutie has a scheduling conflict with the increasingly troubled remake, which is set to start shooting this summer — the same time he is set to be in production on his CW show. Julianne Hough is still set as the female lead, but the script has been rewritten by Hustle & Flow‘s Craig Brewer and is director-less after This Is It‘s Kenny Ortega dropped out. All of that said, the show must go on, and those wildly unrealistic gymnastic-dance sequences in warehouses aren’t going to do themselves. This thing needs a Kevin Bacon.

The studio behind the movie, Paramount, is looking to fill the role with an unknown, even considering a nationwide cast call. But we’ll ignore that for the moment and think up some at-least-a-little-knowns we’d like to see in Ren McCormick’s shoes. Maybe Glee‘s Cory Monteith could save this poor town from lack of dancing? A lesser-known Gossip Girl player like soon-to-be Captain America co-star Sebastian Stan, who started his career singing, dancing, and acting at summer camp? Or maybe Zac Efron will reconsider now that he’s put some distance between this and High School Musical?

What do you think, PopWatchers?

Also: Nicole Sperling: Chace Crawford out of ‘Footloose’; unknown may replace him

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