Chace Crawford Backs Out of Footloose Remake

04/13/2010 at 07:35 AM EDT

Chace Crawford Backs Out of Footloose Remake
Chace Crawford
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It's proving to be difficult to fill Kevin Bacon's famous dancing shoes.

After initially taking the signature role of Ren McCormack in the remake of Footloose, Chace Crawford has backed out, Entertainment Weekly reports. Zac Efron previously declined to take the role for fear of being typecast.

Crawford, 24, will apparently be too busy shooting Gossip Girl this summer to find time for the film shoot.

Paramount Pictures is now inclined to cast an unknown in the role, made famous by Bacon in the original 1984 film, EW says. The studio could even launch a nationwide search for the role.

Paramount is having lots of headaches with Footloose, having also lost a director and switched scripts.

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