"Footloose" Remake No Longer Includes Zac Efron

NEW YORK (AP) -- Zac Efron has dropped out of his role in a remake of "Footloose."

Paramount Pictures says the "High School Musical" heartthrob is no longer attached to the upcoming film. The studio did not give a reason in its Tuesday statement, but said it remains committed to director Kenny Ortega and producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron.

Efron soared to stardom in the "High School Musical" franchise as music-loving jock Troy. The 21-year-old actor sang and danced in the 2007 movie musical "Hairspray," and was primed to bust some moves in the update of the 1984 classic "Footloose."

Efron stars as a middle-aged guy who wakes up as his teenaged self in "17 Again," slated for release April 17.

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  • by Anonymous on Mar 26, 2009 at 06:00 PM
    Govenator Arnold would call him "...a girly man". Well, if the shoe fits. "Now I have to change your diapah".
  • by J Location: Gville on Mar 26, 2009 at 07:12 AM
    That should say Zac is a *teen heart throb for some girls* oops!
  • by T Location: Washington on Mar 26, 2009 at 06:54 AM
    OMG, I think I am going in a state of depression. In other words, who cares about this spoon fed little boy!! Strap on a rifle, serve your country, and become a man!
  • by J Location: Gville on Mar 26, 2009 at 06:41 AM
    I'm still trying to figure out why people hate him so much. I had teen heartthrobs when I was younger and loved them. Zac is a thee heartthrob for many many young girls. I'm not really sure what he has done wrong except back out of a movie. A movie that should not be remade because the first one is FINE. Relax people. He isn't hurting YOU, just doing what is best for his career.
  • by Dave on Mar 25, 2009 at 10:55 PM
    GEEZ here I am typing on this story at 2 a.m. because I can't sleep thinking about it!
  • by Anonymous on Mar 25, 2009 at 01:42 PM
    Jealous is right! Apparantly you people did not see HSM I, II, or III nor Hairspray. No one is saying it's Oscar material, but they did have to act, sing and dance. He is very good at the singing and dancing part and I think growing into the acting as his upcoming role in 17 again shows. I have heard no stories about him showing out in a bratty way, no drinking, drugs, "don't you know who I am" arrogant behavior. The only bad press he's gotten was for naked pictures of his girlfriend. C'mon, he's a red-blooded American man. Give him a break. Don't hate him because he's young and beautiful.
  • by Dave on Mar 25, 2009 at 01:26 PM
    DARN! Now my whole day is ruined!!
  • by Huh? on Mar 25, 2009 at 11:28 AM
    People posting here must be from Jamesville, otherwise why are they all so jealous??
  • by Rob Location: NC on Mar 25, 2009 at 11:10 AM
    "Annoymous" 's "...talentless brat" comment hit the nail right on the head. Wilma's comment is right on target, too. These punks need to get a real job.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 25, 2009 at 10:39 AM
    OMG! Zac is sooooooooo dreamy!!!!
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