Fresh off a successful run on “American Crime Story: The People vs. O.J. Simpson,” Bruce Greenwood has lined up yet another high-profile television project: ABC’s remake of the 1987 film, “Dirty Dancing.”
Greenwood — who Trek fans know for his role of Christopher Pike in 2009’s “Star Trek” as well as “Star Trek: Into Darkness” — has signed on to play Jake Houseman in the film, the father to Abigail Breslin’s Baby.
If you don’t remember the Patrick Swayze/Jennifer Grey film from the 1980s, Baby is dragged by her father to a resort in the Catskills for the summer, where she falls in love with a dance instructor, and decides to become a dancer herself. Jake in that film was played by Jerry Orbach, who died in 2004.
The original film, written by Eleanor Bergstein, was nominated for an won just a single Oscar, for Original Song for “(I’ve Had) the Time of My Life.” Bergstein’s story was partially autobiographical — right down to being called “Baby” and visiting the Catskills, where she learned “dirty dancing.”
Breslin will play Baby, the role originated by Grey, while dancer Colt Prattes will play Johnny, the dancer Baby falls for originally played by Swayze. Also set to appear in the television film are Debra Messing, Billy Dee Williams and Sarah Hyland.
Greenwood has been busy over the last few months post-Star Trek. He is set to film the action thriller “Terra Infirma” in Hawaii with Danny Glover, and recently finished work on the Matthew McConaughey film “Gold.” Greenwood also was cast in the CBS pilot “Four Stars,” a military drama set in Tampa, Florida.
ABC has not scheduled the release of “Dirty Dancing” yet, but it likely will be in the fall.