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Abigail Breslin to star in ABC's 'Dirty Dancing' remake

By Annie Martin
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Abigail Breslin to star in ABC's 'Dirty Dancing' remake
Abigail Breslin at Entertainment Weekly's San Diego Comic-Con closing night party on July 11. The actress will star in ABC's remake of 'Dirty Dancing.' File Photo by Jim Ruymen/UPI | License Photo

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 8 (UPI) -- Abigail Breslin will star in ABC's forthcoming Dirty Dancing remake.

The 19-year-old actress confirmed the news on social media Tuesday, telling fans, "I'm so excited to finally be able to tell you I'm playing Baby! #nobodyputsbabyinacorner."

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Breslin will play Frances "Baby" Houseman in a three-hour, taped TV musical remake of the 1987 film. Jennifer Grey originated the role opposite Patrick Swayze as Johnny Castle.The remake has yet to find its new leading man.

The L Word and American Horror Story writer Jessica Sharzer will write the script, with The Sapphires helmer Wayne Blair as director and music by Glee music producers Adam Anders and Peer Astrom. Anders and Crazy Heart producer Judy Cairo will co-produce.

Dirty Dancing opened in theaters in August 1987 and earned $214 million at the box office. The movie follows the romance between the sheltered, soon-to-be college freshman Baby and the working-class dance instructor Johnny, who meet at a resort in the Catskill Mountains of New York where Baby's family is spending the summer.

Breslin is known for Little Miss Sunshine and Ender's Game, and plays Libby Putney, aka Chanel #5, on Fox series Scream Queens. The horror-comedy will air its season finale Tuesday, and has yet to be renewed for a second season.

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