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Jennifer Grey Talks Making New 'Dirty Dancing' Sequel Without Patrick Swayze

Jennifer Grey Talks Making New 'Dirty Dancing' Sequel Without Patrick Swayze
November 24, 2020 - 10:13 / Anna Valenzuela Rosas

Just a few months after the announcement of the Dirty Dancing sequel, the star Jennifer Gray, has opened up about the plans for the film and how it will continue without beloved Patrick Swayze. According to "Baby", this will not simply be a remake, and "Johnny's" character will not be replaced.

33 years after the premiere of the box-office hit Dirty Dancing, actress Jennifer Gray is ready to step back into the shoes of "Baby Houseman" for the Lionsgate sequel. Jennifer has just spoken with People about the importance of the original film and the biggest element that cannot be recreated: Patrick Swayze.

Jennifer Gray Talks About Making New Dirty Dancing Movie

Although few details about the upcoming Dirty Dancing sequel, Jennifer Gray spoke intimately to People about the film and how it will address Patrick Swayze's absence since he tragically passed from pancreatic cancer in 2009.

Jennifer Gray and Patrick Swayze in a promotional image for the movie 'Dirty Dancing', in 1987.

"All I can say is there is no replacing anyone who's passed. You never try to repeat anything that's magic like that. You just go for something different." Jennifer has just partnered with a nutrition company that has partnered with Nestlé Health Science to produce beverages and supplements. 

During this interview, she seemingly confirmed one of the most notorious rumors in Hollywood, that the film will feature "Baby" after having formed a life after her relationship with her dance instructor "Johnny Castle."

"It was something very genuine and very simple": Jennifer Gray on Dirty Dancing

During her encounter with People, she reflected on the impact the film had on audiences in the late 1980s.

Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Gray at the Oscars in 1987.

"Its appeal was that it was very genuine and simple. It was about innocence and the way that innocence is lost and how people explode into a different iteration of themselves." Jennifer will be one of the lead roles and serve as an executive producer.

Jon Feltheimer, CEO of Lionsgate told Deadline that the highly anticipated movie will be "exactly the kind of romantic nostalgic movie that the franchise's fans have been waiting for and that have made it the biggest-selling library title in the company's history."