'Footloose' exclusive: Andie MacDowell joins cast

Dennis Quaid has already landed the role of the righteous, rock-music hating reverend in the upcoming Footloose remake. Now, Andie MacDowell has signed on to play his patient wife Vi in writer-director Craig Brewer’s (Hustle and Flow) redo of the 1984 movie about a small town that bans dancing. MacDowell and Quaid have played husband and wife once before, when they co-starred in HBO’s Emmy-nominated 2001 movie Dinner with Friends. The acting vets should be a welcome addition to a cast that boasts relative newbies Kenny Wormald (Center Stage: Turn it Up) and Julianne Hough (Dancing with the Stars) as the teen leads.

Production on the remake is set to begin shortly, with a release date already scheduled for next April.

MacDowell is currently shooting the new Fox TV series Lone Star opposite Jon Voight, and her indie film Daydream Nation – in which she stars opposite Kat Dennings and Josh Lucas — will screen at the Toronto Film Festival.

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  • Brat

    Can someone shoot this remake in the head now please? Dennis Quaid and Andie MacDowell in the John Lithgow and Diane Weast roles? No thank you!

  • tomm

    I hope she doesn’t sing! Her monotone delivery is grating, even in make-up ads.

  • Hrmpf

    Does anyone remember that the original was a slight little movie, and the remake is unworthy of this much attention.

  • Lucy

    Guess this means no Julianne Hough this fall on ‘Dancing With the Stars’ if the movie hasn’t even begun production yet. I’d rather see her on TV than in this rubbish remake.

  • paige

    Craig Brewer director of Hustle & Flow and Black Snake Moan is doing this movie??? ugh its just as bad as Bill Condon directing a twilight movie

  • J

    WHY WHY WHY? This is not a movie that needs remaking. It’s a perfect cheesy 80s gem just the way it is.

    • claudia

      I agree. Looks like they run out of ideas and remake every film ever done. So redundant!

  • Maggie

    I can not wait to see this film! Very exciting!

  • mkelley

    They are going to mess this up with lame big production dance numbers like the ones in the Step it Up movies. The original didn’t even really have that much dancing and what it did have was more free. Even the final climatic dance wasn’t even great dancing. And that was the point.
    Why do they remake these movies…why not just release the old ones to the theater again?

  • Ava

    Loved the original back in 1984 and look forward to seeing a fresh, updated remake!

  • Butters

    Julianne Hough? No, thank you. :D

    • Matt


  • brandon

    How is it that with all the setbacks and changes this project’s gone through, it’s somehow still getting made as it tons of other garbage and yet they can’t seem to get an Arrested Development movie off the ground?

  • Robin

    So NOT SEEING THIS….They should just save the money they are going to spend producing it….I smell a box office disaster

  • bma

    Andie MacDowell is probably my least favorite actress in the world. She makes me want to scratch my eyes out. Dianne Wiest, on the other hand, has 2 Oscars.

    • dianne

      Agree – she cannot act – another remake to skip!

  • Get Real

    While I could care less about this. The reason studios remake classics/cult classics like Footloose, Fame, and every single horror movie made up to the early 90s is because of the built-in fan-base. They think that fans of the original will want to see the remake and to also catch the eye of the new younger generation. Because making an enormous deal about a deluxe edition DVD is way too expensive and time consuming compared to a remake that makes the original budget look like a regular trip to the groceries, right? NO!

    The thing that gets me is that more than half of the horror remakes do not do well financially and with the fans of the original. Remakes of other genre films usually do not do that good either, other than some exceptions (Scarface, Oceans 11). So why have the studios still continued with these remakes that make the originals turn over in their DVD boxes? They are greedy and do not care about the plot or anything making it remotely good, they just want fast cash.

    I hate when people, especially in the movie industry, say there is no such thing as “originality” anymore or that every single type of movie/show has been done. I do not believe that at all. The thing is, is that original ideas are still coming out of the woodwork (Trick ‘r Treat, for example), but 10 remakes and sequels come before that. Studios are afraid of original ideas because that fan-base is not there. Unless it is a video-game or book adaptation, but that is not really original.

  • Summer

    @ Get Real- Very well said. You hit the nail on the head. Movie Industry Greed + Fast Box Office Revenue = CHEAP BOX OFFICE CRAP!

    • Jo-Anne

      exactly, good math…lol

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