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'Dirty Dancing' TV remake casts Colt Prattes in Patrick Swayze's iconic role

It may be hard to imagine anyone other than the late Patrick Swayze in the role of swoon-worthy dance instructor Johnny in "Dirty Dancing," but soon you won't have to imagine it.

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That's because the upcoming TV version of the 1987 big-screen romance has just filled those iconic dancing shoes.

After an extended talent search, actor Colt Prattes has been chosen as the leading man in the ABC/Lionsgate remake.

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LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 26: Colt Prattes poses for a portrait in the CBS/GRAMMY Awards photo gallery during the 56th GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on January 26, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Monty Brinton/CBS via Getty Images)

While his limited screen credits makes him a new face to many, Prattes has already proven himself on the dance floor. He showed off some impressive moves alongside pop star Pink in her "Try" video.

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In the three-hour made-for-TV movie, Prattes will be dancing alongside actress Abigail Breslin, who's taking on Jennifer Grey's role of Baby.

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Jennifer Grey in Dirty Dancing, 1987 Who didn't want to be Baby Houseman, crawling across the floor in her jean shorts towards her smoking hot dancing instructor? Not only did Dirty Dancing launch the careers of Jennifer Grey and Patrick Swayze, but it inspired millions of teenaged girls to crop their fathers' jeans into '60s-style cutoffs. (Sorry, Dad!)

Debra Messing has also been cast in the production as Baby's mom, Marjorie.

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