It’s been 30 years since Jennifer Grey and Patrick Swayze sambaed their way into pop culture history with Dirty Dancing, and in the world of classic movies that means it’s time for a remake.
Scream Queens’ Abigail Breslin and Rock of Ages star Colt Prattes will star as Frances ‘Baby’ Houseman and Johnny Castle in the upcoming three-hour made for TV remake of Dirty Dancing. The first poster for the film was released today and shows Breslin and Prattes striking the iconic pose from the original movie poster, with Breslin sporting Grey’s curly bob and managing not to laugh during the ticklish pose.
Here’s the original movie poster for comparison.
Modern Family’s Sarah Hyland will play Baby’s sister Lisa, with Bruce Greenwood and Debra Messing playing Doctor and Mrs. Houseman, roles that were originally played by Jerry Orbach and Kelly Bishop. Katey Sagal will play Vivian Pressman, the older woman who has an affair with Johnny. Star Wars actor Billy Dee Williams will play band leader Tito, with Jennifer Lopez’s ex, Casper Smart, dancing his way to the party as Johnny’s cousin, Billy Kotsecki. Pussycat Dolls frontwoman and X Factor judge Nicole Scherzinger will fill the role of Penny Rivera, who needs a break. She needs a break!
It’s unclear as to whether the new film will also be set in 1963 or be updated to modern times, possibly using Penny’s abortion story-line to comment on the need for Planned Parenthood funding in the U.S. But we’re pretty sure it’s mostly going to focus on the dancing.
This isn’t the first time the chemistry between Grey and Swayze’s Baby and Johnny has seen an attempt to be remade. In 2004, the prequel Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights was released in theatres and featured a cameo from Swazye, who was reportedly paid $5 million for the role, an impressive jump from his $200,00 pay day for the original film. A theatre version of the original film successfully toured through North America and Europe between 2006 – 2011.
The upcoming remake will include music from the original film, as well as new musical performances. We’re already getting nervous.
Regardless of how true the upcoming remake is to the original, there are some key moments that must be present for the film to be considered a success.
We want to see the lifts.
We want to see the love.
We want to see the corner.
We want to see the watermelon.
We want to see the Keds.
The remake of Dirty Dancing airs Wednesday, May 24, at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.