First Zac Efron was supposedly slotted for the part of city-boy-in-a-dance-free-small-town Ren McCormack in the remake of Footloose, but word is that he dropped out and now it's been handed to Chace Crawford of Gossip Girl.
And E! Online is reporting that Miley Cyrus us being considered for the role of Ariel Moore, the preacher's daughter. The parts were originally played by Kevin Bacon and Lori Singer. The film brought Bacon into the spotlight and Lori Singer - who also played Julie on the Fame T.V. series - was awesome as Ariel but her career failed to skyrocket beyond the eighties. Interestingly, Wikipedia says (so take it with a grain of salt) that Madonna auditioned for the part of Ariel but was turned down for Singer. Footloose also featured Sarah Jessica Parker in one of her earliest big screen appearances, and Chris Penn – R.I.P.