It’s the latest in a long line of recent TV remakes — mostly musicals — from The Sound of Music to Grease to The Rocky Horror Picture Show starring Laverne Cox, but now ABC is fucking with our gay childhood, and that’s not cool! The Dirty Dancing remake will air on television with an all-new cast May 24 on the alphabet network.
The remake stars Abigail Breslin and Colt Prattes in the two leads, as Frances “Baby” Houseman (a wallflower whose family is visiting a Catskills resort in the ’60s) and Johnny Castle (the resort’s kinda manwhore-ish dance instructor), and somehow they’ve managed to turn it into a three-hour film.
You remember Breslin from her star-making turn as Olive in Little Miss Sunshine, but you likely haven’t heard of Prattes, a relative newcomer. He was a backup dancer for P!nk’s “The Truth About Love” tour and starred in the Vegas production of Rock of Ages.
Don’t worry, though — he’s sexy as all hell, as you can see from the shot below, taken from his Instagram:
Still, there’s no telling (and it’s doubtful) that he’ll have the charm of an in-his-prime Patrick Swayze, who died back in 2009.
ABC released the upcoming film’s key art today, and it features that famous pose that always made the ticklish Baby giggle.
Maybe there’s hope yet for the TV remake, as the rest of the cast seems fairly promising: Debra Messing, Nicole Scherzinger, Sarah Hyland, Katey Sagal and Billy Dee Williams are all in it.
We can only hope that Breslin’s dance moves have progressed a bit since the days of her big film debut:
Dirty Dancing airs May 24 on ABC