In the original, Jennifer Grey played Francis “Baby” Housemann, the character who a crushes on her dance teacher, Johnny Castle. Of course, in the original, Johnny was played by the late Patrick Swayze.
The onscreen chemistry between Swayze and Grey was amazing. It was like the two really were in love and we believed it when they got down and dirty together.
So now the pressure is on to find new actors who can dance in their rather sexy footsteps.
So far, several names have been thrown into the ring as possibilities.
Now, I know the characters nickname is “Baby,” but Selena Gomez seems a little too young and ah… innocent to me. I don’t want that spoiled just yet.
Some other actresses hotly tipped to star in the “Dirty Dancing” remake include fellow Disney star Miley Cyrus. Lea Michele, who plays Rachel in “Glee,” and “Black Swan” star Mila Kunis. They are also in the running to play Baby.
Perhaps the most surprising possibility for the “Baby” role is UK pop star and media personality Cheryl Cole. But an interesting twist on her CV is that her former boyfriend, “Dancing With The Stars” professional Derek Hough is also rumored to be up for the Patrick Swayze role. Now that might be quite something to see: a former real life couple in the romantic lead roles.
But it’s not likely. Cheryl Cole didn’t go down too well in America when she was a judge on “X Factor.” Her spokesman has also dismissed the “Dirty Dancing” rumors, saying,
“Cheryl is only confirmed for a cameo in ‘What to Expect When You’re Expecting.’”
And Derek Hough is not a certainty for the Johnny role either. Justin Timberlake, Zac Efron, Ryan Gosling and Justin Bieber have all been tipped for the role, with Timberlake the current favorite.
But could he deliver the immortal line, “No-one puts Baby in the corner” with a straight face?
Hey wait a minute… Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez for Johnny and Baby…? We could be on to something here… Anyone fancy starting a campaign…?