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I’ll have the time of my life: ‘Baby’ star Jennifer Grey back for Dirty Dancing sequel

JENNIFER GREY is set to star in a sequel to classic romantic drama Dirty Dancing, it has been announced.

The actress played Frances ‘Baby’ Houseman in the 1987 film, which saw her fall in love with Patrick Swayze’s hunky dancing instructor Johnny Castle at a holiday resort.

Rumours of a follow-up had been swirling and studio Lionsgate has now confirmed ‘one of the worst-kept secrets in Hollywood’.

Swayzing to the beat: Patrick and Jennifer in the smash-hit 1987 original PICTURES: REX

CEO Jon Feltheimer said: ‘It will be exactly the kind of romantic, nostalgic movie that the franchise’s fans have been waiting for and that have made it the biggest-selling library title in the company’s history.’

Gray, 60, will also be an executive producer, with Jonathan Levine directing. No other details, including plot or release date, were announced.

Dirty Dancing was hugely successful upon release and grossed more than $214million (£163m) at the global box office.

It won the best original song Oscar for (I’ve Had) The Time of My Life.

Lionsgate also put out the 2004 prequel Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights, starring Diego Luna and Romola Garai, but it failed to achieve the same success as the original.

Swayze died aged 57 in 2009 after being diagnosed with cancer.