Though Lionsgate pulled its new Hulu series from North Carolina due to the industry’s swelling opposition to the state’s recent adoption of House Bill 2, the studio’s upcoming TV musical remake of Dirty Dancing is thankfully too far into pre-production to consider relocating, and now we know when filming in the Asheville area of western North Carolina is set to begin.
With pre-production already well underway at locations including the High Hampton Inn in Cashiers, filming of ABC’s three-hour Dirty Dancing remake is scheduled to start this Monday, April 11, shooting first at the Kanuga Conference and Retreat Center near Hendersonville this month and then moving to Cashiers in early May, according to Citizen-Times.
The new three-hour Dirty Dancing musical event will air on the ABC television network.
The original Dirty Dancing was filmed in Lake Lure, North Carolina and released in 1987, starring Jennifer Grey in the role of “Baby” and the late Patrick Swayze.
Abigail Breslin (Scream Queens, The Final Girl) takes over Grey’s role, with Colt Prattes dancing into the part of Swayze’s Johnny Castle.
The all star cast also includes Debra Messing as Baby’s mother Marjorie Houseman, Nicole Scherzinger (Pussycat Dolls) as Penny (originally played by Cynthia Rhodes), Sarah Hyland (Modern Family) as Baby’s sister Lisa, Billy Dee Williams (The Empire Strikes Back) as Tito, Katey Sagal (Sons of Anarchy) as Vivian Pressman, and Bruce Greenwood (The People v. O.J. Simpson) as Baby’s father Dr. Jake Houseman.
Scherzinger and Hyland have arrived in North Carolina and have been showing their excitement for the new Dirty Dancing on social media, which you can check out below!
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