Fox is following in NBC's live musical footsteps and putting on a production of Grease next year. Both the Sound of Music and Peter Pan were ratings bonanzas, if not exactly critical darlings. The boys of Rydell High have yet to be cast, but Fox has announced Julianne Hough as Sandy and Vanessa Hudgens as Rizzo. OK, OK, Hudgens played a bad girl in Spring Breakers, but we're not sure we see her in Stockard Channing's iconic mean girl role. How great would Jennifer Lawrence be?
As far as Hough, she of course has extensive song-and-dance experience, and starred in that (mostly terrible) Footloose remake. Still, she's hardly the headliner she clearly wants to be. Grease is such a great musical, though, so hopefully it won't fall flat. Grease will air on Fox January 31, 2016.
[via TV Line]