27 November 2020 02:31
The late Patrick Swayze's character, Johnny Castle, will not be recast, star Jennifer Grey has announced. Patrick Swayze doing the iconic lift in Dirty Dancing (1987) (Credit: Vestron Pictures) Grey will be reprising her role as Frances 'Baby' Houseman *and* she will executive produce the project too! Jennifer Grey will executive produce the sequel (Credit: Vestron Pictures) The film won an Academy Award and a Golden Globe for Best Original Song for '(I've Had) The time of My Life', by Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes. NEWS Jennifer Grey will not replace Patrick Swayze in upcoming 'Dirty Dancing' sequel Newsdesk Share with: Jennifer Grey rules out recasting the late Patrick Swayze's Dirty Dancing character Jennifer Grey has reassured fans of 'Dirty Dancing' that the late Patrick Swayze's beloved character Johnny Castle will not be getting recast in the upcoming sequel Jennifer Grey will not replace the late Patrick Swayze in the upcoming 'Dirty Dancing' sequel. The 60-year-old actress will reprise her iconic role as teenager Frances 'Baby' Houseman and is also set to executive produce the follow-up to the 1987 classic, which studio bosses have promised will be both "romantic and nostalgic".
She told PEOPLE: "All I can say is there is no replacing anyone who's passed — you never try to repeat anything that's magic like that. The sequel has been rumoured for some time but Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer confirmed "one of the worst kept secrets in Hollywood" and shared some details on the movie in August. In the original 1987 film, Baby falls for her dance instructor Johnny at a holiday resort in the 1960s. The movie was hugely popular after its release and landed an Academy Award and Golden Globe for Best Original Song for Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes' '(I've Had) The Time of My Life', which Johnny and Baby danced to in the motion picture. Jennifer previously explained that she had difficulty spinning around in the film's famous dance finale, as the stage had been painted and she kept getting her feet stuck.
The film won the Oscar for Best Original Song for "(I've Had) The Time of My Life," while both Swayze and Grey were nominated for Golden Globes. Dirty Dancing is set in 1963, at an upscale Catskills resort where Baby (Grey) falls in love with her working-class dance instructor (Swayze) and clashes with her parents (Jerry Orbach and Jane Brucker). Jennifer Grey recently opened up about reprising her role as Baby Houseman on the upcoming sequel of Dirty Dancing. Grey will be reprising her role as Baby but also working as an executive producer on the project. While many of the details of the upcoming film are top-secret, Grey did reveal that the producers don't plan on trying to recreate the chemistry that she had with Swayze, who passed in 2009 of pancreatic cancer.