Chace Crawford set for 'Footloose' update

'Gossip Girl' star gets lead in Paramount project

Chace Crawford has gotta cut loose ... a year from now.

Long-rumored for the lead in Paramount's "Footloose" revamp, the "Gossip Girl" star has finally made it official. He replaces "High School Musical" star Zac Efron in the role that propelled Kevin Bacon to stardom 25 years ago.

Kenny Ortega, another "HSM" alum, is set to produce and direct the feature, which won't go before cameras until March 2010.