Jennifer Grey confirmed to star in new Dirty Dancing film

Jennifer Grey confirmed to star in new Dirty Dancing film

August 7, 2020

Nobody puts Baby in a corner… again. 

Jennifer Grey is confirmed to be starring in the new Dirty Dancing film, and that feeling you’re having? Pure nostalgia.

The 60-year-old played Frances ‘Baby’ Houseman in the 1987 classic Dirty Dancing opposite the late Patrick Swayze.

Now, it has been confirmed that ‘one of the worst kept secrets in Hollywood’ is true – that Grey is back to star in a new Dirty Dancing project, which she will also executive produce.

Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer said (via Deadline): ‘It will be exactly the kind of romantic, nostalgic movie that the franchise’s fans have been waiting for and that have made it the biggest-selling library title in the Company’s history.’

It is unclear if Grey will actually be bringing back Baby for the film or if she’ll be playing a different character, but we’re hoping she’ll carry a watermelon back onto the screen.

Warm Bodies director Jonathan Levine will be at the helm alongside Gillian Bohrer, with Mikki Daughtry and Tobias Iaconis writing the screenplay.

If by some rift in the space-time continuum you haven’t seen Dirty Dancing, let us refresh you – Baby visits a holiday resort in the 1960s with her family, only to discover the sexy dance instructor Johnny Castle (Swayze).

After she volunteers to replace his dance partner so he doesn’t lose out on a gig, Baby falls for Castle, resulting in a whole lot of steamy dance routines. 

The film culminates in that iconic lift, set to (I’ve Had) The Time Of My Life, which won the Oscar and the Golden Globe for best original song.

Dirty Dancing made superstars out of Swayze and Grey and went on to make over $214 million (£163m) worldwide off a $5m (£3.8m) production cost.

There’s no plot for the new film as of yet, but Dirty Dancing has already had a prequel in the form of 2004’s Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights, which saw Swayze making a cameo as a dance instructor.

The actor, also known for his roles in Ghost and Point Break, died from cancer in 2009 at the age of 57.

Grey, who had previously appeared in films like Red Dawn and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, went on to star in Bounce and Redbelt, and won Dancing With The Stars in 2010 with partner Derek Hough. 

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