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For years, we’ve heard about a potential Dirty Dancing sequel. In August 2020, it was confirmed but on May 4th this year, actress Jennifer Grey said they are “getting as close as we’ve ever been” to making it, during an interview with Good Morning America.
This sequel will follow the 1987 film, which starred Grey as Frances “Baby” Houseman and the late Patrick Swayze as Johnny Castle, a dance teacher at Kellerman’s resort in the Catskills. Baby and Johnny’s romance and dance partnership were the focus but the movie also tackled touchy subjects like classism and abortion. Not to mention, the iconic lift in the final dance number!
The movie made over $214 million worldwide and has become a classic amongst fans. While it did spawn a prequel or reimagining with 2004’s Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights, which Patrick Swayze even appeared in, it was not a true sequel.
Not only are we getting a Dirty Dancing sequel, back at Kellerman’s we might add, Jennifer Grey is set to return as Baby! Grey confirmed to Drew Barrymore during her talk show that the sequel will have “dancing, music, and sex.” Grey then took a turn asking questions and asked Barrymore, “Who do you think should be the next inappropriate match for Baby?”
As Drew was thinking about her response, Grey chimed in and said, “How about someone who rhymes with Shmarry Shmiles?”
Drew immediately yelled, “Harry Styles?! Yes!”
Styles is a singer and actor most known for his time with the boy band One Direction. He has recently dipped his toes into acting and had roles in Dunkirk, Eternals, and the upcoming movie Don’t Worry, Darling.
Styles is 28 years old, while Grey is 62…but hey! She did say “inappropriate match!” The singer also likes the bust a move on stage, though he has no formal dance training. See Grey’s interview with Barrymore below.
A few months after that interview, Grey is spilling more secrets about the sequel. She did an interview with Entertainment Weekly to celebrate the 35th anniversary of the iconic original movie, and was asked about the plans for the sequel.
She once again confirmed the sequel will be “Kellerman’s, music, dancing, love story, romance,” and she also revealed when they will begin shooting AND when the film will be released!
“There’s a script, we’re working on the script. We’re going to shoot it in the spring of 2023, and it comes out on Feb. 9, 2024. So, I guess it’s happening!”
She knows there will be some people who are purists, but she is “super committed and invested in making it a fresh [take].”
Grey continued, “What happened happened, and that will never happen again. There will never be another Johnny. There will never be another Patrick. This sequel has got to be its own standalone piece. It’s very tricky.”
We can’t wait for Dirty Dancing 2!