“Dirty Dancing” sequel: characters from part one are back

“Dirty Dancing” sequel
Figures from part one are back

“Dirty Dancing” star Patrick Swayze (right) died of cancer in 2009, but there will be a sequel to the dance film. Jennifer Gray (left) will be there again. But other faces will also look familiar to fans of the classic in the sequel.

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In addition to Jennifer Grey, more characters from the original “Dirty Dancing” will be appearing in the upcoming sequel.

“Dirty Dancing” star Jennifer Gray (62) has revealed new things about the cast of the planned sequel to the dance classic. She said “extra”, you’ll see her own character, Frances “Baby” Houseman, “a few years older.” Unless, “there’s a lot of CGI,” the actress joked. “You will also see other characters from the original,” announced the 62-year-old. But she didn’t give any specific names. In the first part in 1987, Cynthia Rhodes (66) as Penny Johnson and Jane Brucker (64) as Lisa Houseman appeared alongside Grey.

The old setting – a fictional resort in the Catskills called Kellerman’s – will also play a role again. “It will be about Kellerman’s. There will be music,” said the 62-year-old. In the original 1987 film, she played a teenage girl from the 1960s who vacations there with her parents and falls in love with dance teacher Johnny Castle (Patrick Swayze). Swayze died in 2009 at the age of 57 after a battle with pancreatic cancer.

There will be no new Johnny Castle

The role of the deceased should not be re-cast. “What happened happened, and it will never happen again,” Gray said recently in an interview with “Entertainment Weekly” about the original film. “There will never be another Johnny. There will never be another Patrick. This sequel has to be a stand alone work. That’s very tricky,” she explained. But she was already able to give a more precise timetable.

“There’s a script, we’re working on it. We’re going to shoot the film in spring 2023 and it’s coming out on February 9, 2024,” says the actress. Jonathan Levine (46, “Warm Bodies”) will direct the new “Dirty Dancing”. In the original Emile Ardolino was responsible, but he died in 1993 at the age of only 50 as a result of AIDS.

Fans can look forward to music classics

However, the iconic songs from the original will – at least in part – live on in the sequel. Director Levine told “Deadline” in an interview that the sequel will feature songs from the original alongside ’90s hip-hop. So it’s hard to imagine that “Time Of My Life”, “Hungry Eyes” and of course the ballad “She’s Like The Wind” sung by Swayze have to be omitted.


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