Nicole Scherzinger to Co-Star in ABC's 'Dirty Dancing' Reboot

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Nicole Scherzinger arrives at the 2016 MusiCares Person of the Year honoring Lionel Richie at Los Angeles Convention Center on February 13, 2016 in Los Angeles, California

She'll take on the role of Penny, who was played by Cynthia Rhodes in the 1987 film.

ABC's Dirty Dancing has cast its Penny.

Nicole Scherzinger has been tapped to take on the role played by Cynthia Rhodes, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

The three-hour TV movie is being written and exec-produced by Jessica Sharzer (American Horror Story, The L Word) and, like the 1987 Patrick Swayze/Jennifer Grey starrer, revolves around Baby (Abigail Breslin), an innocent young woman who vacations with her affluent parents at an early 1960s Catskill Mountains resort and gets swept off her feet by Johnny (Colt Prattes) a handsome, working-class dance instructor. Penny, for those who don't recall, is Johnny's dance partner and part of the entertainment staff at the resort. She and Johnny enlist Baby's help and teacher her to dance. Debra Messing co-stars as Marjorie Houseman, Baby's mother.

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Produced by Lionsgate TV and Allison Shearmur Productions (The Hunger Games), Eleanor Bergstein -- who penned the screenplay for the original movie -- is also on board as an EP. Grammy nominee Adam Anders and Peer Astrom (Glee) will tackle music for ABC's rendition. Anders and Cairo (Crazy Heart) will produce. Wayne Blair (The Sapphires) will direct. Tony winner Andy Blankenbuehler (Hamilton, Bring It On) will be responsible for choreography. Stephen Altman (Gosford Park) is set as producing designer. 

For Scherzinger, the role brings her back to ABC after she won season 10 of the network's Dancing With the Stars. The former Pussycat Doll is also in talks to reprise her Olivier-nominated role as Grizabella in the Broadway revival of Cats. She's repped by CAA and Myman Greenspan.

A premeire date for Dirty Dancing has not yet been determined.

This article was originally published by The Hollywood Reporter.


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