Jennifer Grey to star in new Dirty Dancing movie

Lawrence Kim
August 8, 2020

The actress played Frances "Baby" Houseman in the 1987 film, which saw her fall in love with Patrick Swayze's hunky dancing instructor Johnny Castle at a holiday resort.

Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer has finally confirmed long-standing rumours that another Dirty Dancing sequel is in the works.

"It will be exactly the kind of romantic nostalgic movie that the franchise's fans have been waiting for", Feltheimer said on a call with industry analysts.

The original Dirty Dancing was released in 1987 and went on to become an enduring hit, in large part thanks to the chemistry between the film's leads, Grey and Patrick Swayze.

At the time, both Grey and Swayze scored Golden Globe nominations for their roles, in the Comedy or Musical category. As the CEO alluded, the romance became the first movie to ever sell over 1 million copies on home video, cementing the title's huge popularity at the dawn of the medium's rise to prominence. No other details, including plot or release date, were announced.

Swayze died aged 57 in 2009 after being diagnosed with cancer.

Warm Bodies director Jonathan Levine is "shepherding" the film alongside Gillian Bohrer from a screenplay by Mikki Daughtry and Tobias Iaconis.

The studio previously made a sequel in 2004 titled Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights that starred Diego Luna, Romola Garai, January Jones, John Slattery and Sela Ward.

The daughter of Oscar victor Joel Grey, Jennifer recently split from her longtime husband Clark Gregg after 19 years of marriage.

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