By Chris Nashawaty
Updated April 01, 2009 at 12:00 PM EDT

Paramount, the studio behind a remake of the 1984 box-office smash Footloose, denies that the movie-musical is on hold in the wake of Zac Efron’s withdrawal from the project. A spokesperson for the studio told EW that Footloose was “still moving forward” but would not comment on reports that Gossip Girl heartthrob Chace Crawford had tested for the lead as Efron’s replacement, saying only that “casting is still in progress.” Two separate sources tell EW that Chace Crawford did in fact meet with the project’s director, Kenny Ortega, though it is unclear whether that meeting was an official “screen test.”

Yesterday, EW reported that a different source close to the project said that Footloose was in a holding pattern after Efron pulled himself from the lead role (originally made famous by Kevin Bacon). The source also said that Crawford did not screen test to be his replacement last weekend, as an Internet report had claimed. Efron had been attached to the film for a year and a half. But the High School Musical star backed out when his advisers cautioned him against doing another musical and becoming pigeonholed before he had the chance to establish himself in a variety of genres.

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