Jennifer Grey Talks “Dirty Dancing” Sequel Without Patrick Swayze

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In 1987, Dirty Dancing made huge stars of Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey. To this day, people still love having the “time of their life” while watching the timeless classic, even 30+ years after its release.

With the rising trend of revivals being done, actress Jennifer Grey is always asked about a remake or a sequel.

Technically, there already is a sequel to Dirty Dancing, 2004’s Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights, though that film doesn’t include any of the same characters from the original film. Swayze even made a cameo in the movie, but as “Dance Class Instructor.” Havana Nights is more of a reimagining of the 1987 film.

With Swayze’s tragic passing in 2009, all hopes of another sequel or revival went by the wayside because what would a Dirty Dancing movie be without Johnny Castle?


But now, eleven years after Swayze’s death, a sequel to the iconic movie is actually in the works with Jennifer Grey reprising her role as Frances “Baby” Houseman.


Grey, who is also executive producing the project, told PEOPLE Magazine that her chemistry with her late co-star will not be recreated with another leading man.

All I can say is there is no replacing anyone who’s passed— you never try to repeat anything that’s magic like that. You just go for something different,” she said.

Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer confirmed the sequel to Deadline in August, and said it will be “exactly the kind of romantic, nostalgic movie that the franchise’s fans have been waiting for.”

Watch Grey and Swayze’s iconic final scene in Dirty Dancing below.