Julianne Hough & Vanessa Hudgens Cast in 'Grease' Live TV Movie

When we found out FOX was planning to bring back Sandy, Rizzo, and Danny Zuko (and Frenchie -- we mustn't forget Frenchie!) for a one-night production called Grease: Live, we thought: this could either be really great or a big, fat disappointment. And the only thing that would make or break the show was the casting. The original film is so iconic that it's difficult to imagine anyone who isn't John Travolta shimmying his way under a car before the big road race -- yes, I discovered the movie during puberty, in case this isn't clear. Well, we've just received news of two major roles being cast -- by no other than Julianne Hough and Vanessa Hudgens.


You can probably guess who Julianne is playing: sweet, innocent Sandy. I can totally see her sliding into the role that made Olivia Newton-John incredibly popular in the '70s. Julianne, 26, says Grease was a film she watched over and over again as a child and that it was the one movie that made her want to become a performer. She even went as far as to say she's been waiting her entire life to play Sandy.

Wow, good for you, girl! It think she'll do a fantastic job.

Now, Vanessa. You're probably thinking, oh, she must be playing Marty, right? She's certainly got that whole young, yet sophisticated essence about her -- the kind of girl who would date Vince Fontaine. But, NO, Vanessa is going to be Rizzo! I'm going to keep an open mind about this because, after all, an actor's job is to challenge herself with diverse roles and just because we're used to seeing Vanessa play good girls doesn't mean she isn't capable of taking on the ultimate Pink Lady.

Vanessa's heart is certainly in the right place. The High School Musical star, 26, says she never imagined being Rizzo and that it will be a new challege for her, but that she can't wait to bring the strong character to life on live TV.

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The special is set to air live on Sunday, Jan. 31, 2016 from 7-10 p.m. EST.

It's just a matter of time before a casting decision is announced for the Big Two male roles: Danny and Kenickie. Everybody else is feeling Zac Efron as Kenickie, right? Got to admit: I still can't come up with a good Danny.

What do you think about Julianne playing Sandy and Vanessa playing Rizzo? Who else do you think will be cast in Grease: Live?


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