Billy Dee Williams to play bandleader Tito in ABC's 'Dirty Dancing'

By Karen Butler  |  March 4, 2016 at 11:18 AM
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LOS ANGELES, March 4 (UPI) -- Star Wars icon Billy Dee Williams will play resort bandleader Tito in the television remake of the 1960s-set Dirty Dancing.

Deadline reported the latest casting news for ABC's three-hour reimagining of the 1987 Patrick Swayze-Jennifer Grey, coming-of-age tale.

Charles "Honi" Coles played Tito in the original film.

The remake will feature Abigail Breslin as Baby, a wealthy teen who falls for dance instructor Johnny, played by Cole Prattes, while on a family vacation in the Catskills. The ensemble will also include Sarah Hyland, Nicole Scherzinger and Debra Messing.

Williams, 78, played Lando Calrissian in the Star Wars film franchise. His other credits include Brian's Song, Batman, The LEGO Movie and Dancing with the Stars.

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