'Footloose' remake filming at Senoia Raceway

By JEFF BISHOP jbishop@newnan.com Folks in and around Senoia are cutting Footloose this week. "I've had no luck finding a job so far, so I'll be at Senoia Raceway at 6 a.m. sharp to become a star!" said Dee Cook of Newnan, who is one of many people serving as extras in the remake movie, which is filming some scenes locally.
Two big scenes for the film will be shot at the New Senoia Raceway tonight and at the Cowboys nightclub in Kennesaw on Oct. 11 and 12. A scene coordinator for "Footloose" said they were looking for between 1,500 and 2,000 background folks for each day of filming for the scenes. The new remake of the classic '80s Kevin Bacon dancefest about repression in a small, Southern town will star Kenny Wormald ("Dancelife"), Julianne Hough ("Dancing With the Stars"), Dennis Quaid, Miles Teller, and Andie MacDowell. The movie will also feature young Newnan actress Mary Charles Jones, who has been featured on "October Road," "Hannah Montana," and "Grey's Anatomy." Originally, production was slated to begin in 2008, when Kenny Ortega of the "High School Musical" series of movies was committed to direct, with Zac Efron in the Kevin Bacon role. However, Ortega left the project after differences with the studio, Paramount Pictures. Efron dropped out in early 2009, saying that he wanted a break from musicals. Chace Crawford was briefly attached, but he ultimately bowed out, as well, and was replaced by Wormald. The race scene, being filmed at the Senoia Raceway today, will depict a "family, day-time outing," and local residents are invited to bring their kids along. For the scenes to be filmed at Cowboys, participants need to be 18 or older. No acting experience is necessary. In lieu of payment, participants in these background roles will be entered into drawings for prizes, including spa and restaurant gift certificates and trips to places like Florida, Jamaica and the Cayman Islands. The grand prize is a six-day, five-night trip compliments of Rosner Travel to The Sunshine Suites in Grand Cayman, with round-trip airfare for two on Cayman Airlines from Tampa, airport transfers and tickets to an attraction. The $25 million film is scheduled for an April 1, 2011, release. The movie industry is becoming big business in Georgia. During the fiscal year of 2010, the industry's impact in Georgia came in at $1.332 billion, the Georgia Department of Economic Development said. Seventy percent of that money gets spent in the immediate area where production is actually happening. "Get Low," which features many scenes filmed in Newnan, is still showing at the Regal theater at Ashley Park, and may feature prominently in the next awards season. Other recent movies with scenes filmed in Coweta include "Killers" and "Zombieland."


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