Nicole Scherzinger has been cast in ABC’s upcoming television remake of Dirty Dancing. Scherzinger will take the role of Penny, Johnny’s original dance partner, who was played by Cynthia Rhodes on the big screen nearly three decades ago.

Nicole ScherzingerNicole Scherzinger has been cast in ABC’s remake of Dirty Dancing.

News of her casting was confirmed by Scherzinger herself, who tweeted: ‘So excited to join the cast of @ABCNetwork #DirtyDancing remake! Can't wait for you all to see it! #dirtydancing !!! I'm so excited!!! Lol! I'm coming for ya! #imcomingforyou.’

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The three hour TV movie will star Abigail Breslin as Baby, the role originally made famous by Jennifer Grey. Taking Patrick Swayze’s role will be Colt Prattes, who is best known for his work with singer Pink and appearing in her 2012 music video for ‘Try’. Debra Messing will also star as Baby’s mother Marjorie.

The film is being written and exec produced for ABC by Jessica Sharzer, who has worked on ‘American Horror Story’ and ‘The L Word’. Also onboard as executive producer is Eleanor Bergstein, who penned the screenplay for the original movie. There’s no word yet on when the movie will air.

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Released in 1987, Dirty Dancing revolves around 17 year-old Frances "Baby" Houseman, who is vacationing with her affluent parents at a Catskill Mountains resort in the early 1960s. She soon gets swept off her feet by dance instructor Johnny, who initially shocks her with his risqué style of dancing.