Since Kenny Ortega announced that he was directing a reboot of Dirty Dancing (for which he was the original choreographer), there has been some speculation about who would play the iconic roles of Baby and Johnny. UK bookie Paddy Power has two names at the top of his list: Justin Timberlake and Emma Stone. According to British bookmakers, Timberlake has 3-1 odds of landing the role made famous by Patrick Swayze, while Stone is a 5-1 bet at stepping into Jennifer Grey’s ballet flats. See more contenders after the jump.
Among the other names on the bookies’ list to cha-cha into Johnny’s part are Chris Hemsworth (a respectable 6-1 — perhaps in light of his performance on Australia’s Dancing With the Stars), Zac Efron (8-1 after working with Ortega in the High School Musical films), Step Up star Channing Tatum (12-1), U.S. Dancing With the Stars pro Derek Hough (16-1), and Justin Bieber (20-1).
But who will be accused of stealing Lisa’s irridiscent beige lipstick? Odds are even for Emma Roberts and Glee‘s Lea Michele, who are both favored at 8-1. Following them are Bieber’s girlfriend Selena Gomez (10-1), Vanessa Hudgens (12-1), and Miley Cyrus and Mila Kunis (tied at 16-1).
And you can files these names under: “Huh?!” — Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Kristen Stewart, Ellen Page, Jeremy Renner, and Rumer Willis.
Make of this speculation what you will, PopWatchers. Last time the idea of a Dirty Dancing remake was floated, circa 2001, Ricky Martin and Christina Aguilera were top contenders to play Bebe and Juanito Castillo. Instead, that particular production was scrapped in favor of 2004’s Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights, which inexplicably cast Diego Luna (Y Tu Mamá También) and Romolai Garai, whose biggest credit at the time was Nicholas Nickleby. Then again, that film did give us the seed for 2006’s Wyclef Jean-Shakira collab “Hips Don’t Lie,” so you can’t call it all bad.
In any case, Dirty birds, can you see Stone mumbling, “I carried a watermelon?!” Does Timberlake have the hip action to master “Johnny’s Mambo”? (If your answer is no, forward to 3:44 in this clip for some compelling pro-Timberlake evidence.) Or do you think someone else would make a better fit? Register your opinion in the poll and comments below!