17 August 2011 /Targetwire/ - Dirty Dancing is coming back to the big screen! The 1987 classic which starred the late Patrick Swayze as 'Johnny Castle' and Jennifer Grey as 'Baby' will be choreographed by Kenny Ortega, the same man who made the original such a big hit.

It’s yet to be decided what fresh faced stars will step into Swayze and Grey's shoes but bookie Paddy Power has already pin pointed their favourites to star in the remake.

Sexy Back singer turned very successful actor, Justin Timberlake, is the 3/1 favourite to be cast as hip swaying Johnny but he faces stiff competition from champion dancer, actor and rumoured ex beau of Cheryl Cole, Derek Hough at 8/1. Other names being bandied about to play dance teacher Johnny include professional dancer Kenny Wormald at 10/1 and Justin Bieber at 20/1. Betting is open for all of these currently.

As for who will play the part of smitten 'Baby', Easy A star Emma Stone is the 5/1 favourite with Paddy Power followed by Glee's Lea Michele at 8/1 and Miley Cyrus further down the list at 16/1. Irish actress Saoirse Ronan is 20/1.   

Sharon McHugh, spokesperson for Paddy Power said: "We'd rather see this classic movie left untouched but if there’s going to be a remake then they'll need to find cast that can do it justice. JT is not only a very sexy mover but he has also proved he's a talented actor too while Emma has that same cuteness and likeability factor that endeared so many people to Jennifer Grey." 

Who will play Johnny?
 3/1     Justin Timberlake
 6/1     Chris Hemsworth
 8/1     Derek Hough
 8/1     Zac Efron
 8/1     Ed Westwick
10/1     Taylor Lautner
10/1     Kellan Lutz
10/1     Chace Crawford
10/1     Kenny Wormald
12/1     Robert Pattinson
12/1     Channing Tatum
14/1     Tom Hardy
16/1     Ryan Gosling
16/1     Derek Hough
18/1     Jeremy Renner
20/1     Chris Colfer
20/1     Justin Bieber
20/1     Milo Ventimiglia
25/1     Tom Felton
25/1     Cory Monteith
25/1     Ryan Farrell
25/1     Brendan Cole
33/1     Rupert Grint
33/1     Daniel Radcliffe

Who will play Baby?
 5/1     Emma Stone
 8/1     Lea Michele
 8/1     Emma Roberts
10/1     Selena Gomez
12/1     Ellen Page
12/1     Ashley Greene
12/1     Vanessa Hudgens
16/1     Mila Kunis
16/1     Miley Cyrus
16/1     Dakota Fanning
16/1     Rumer Willis
16/1     Elizabeth Olsen
20/1     Kristen Stewart
20/1     Demi Lovato
20/1     Saoirse Ronan
25/1     Emma Watson
25/1     Kathryn McCormick
25/1     Lauren Froderman  


For more information please contact:
Sharon McHugh - +353 87 922 4143 / +353 1 488 1716 / smchugh@paddypower.com

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