Chace Crawford

Kevin Bacon's dancing shoes are proving to be hard to fill.

After replacing Zac Efron in the Footloose remake, Chace Crawford has now backed out of the project due to scheduling conflicts, Entertainment Weekly reports.

Chace Crawford joins Footloose

The flick is set to start filming this summer, which would overlap with Crawford's Gossip Girl schedule as the CW drama resumes production for Season 4 in July. Paramount Pictures will now most likely cast an unknown to play Ren, a source told EW.

Crawford, 24, is the latest high-profile name the film has lost in the past year. Nearly six months after Efron exited the musical to avoid being typecast, director Kenny Ortega dropped out in October, citing exhaustion from his work on Michael Jackson's documentary This Is It. The project has also undergone a rewrite.

Julianne Hough grooves on with new projects

Footloose 2.0 still has its leading lady though: Dancing with the Stars pro Julianne Hough is attached to play Ariel, portrayed in the 1984 hit by Lori Singer.

Calls to Crawford's rep and Paramount weren't immediately returned.