The rumours are true, Dirty Dancing's Jennifer Grey will star in and produce a sequel to the hugely popular romantic drama.

Grey played Frances 'Baby' Houseman in the 1987 film which was set in the 1950s and saw her fall in love with hunky dancing instructor Johnny Castle (Patrick Swayze) at Kellerman’s holiday resort.

Rumours of a follow-up have been building and studio Lionsgate has now confirmed "one of the worst kept secrets in Hollywood".

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 has made it the biggest-selling library title in the company's history."

Gray, 60, will also serve as an executive producer on the film, while Jonathan Levine will direct. No other details, including plot or release date, were announced.

Jennifer Grey
Nobody puts baby in the corner! Jennifer Grey returns for the sequel to Dirty Dancing

Dirty Dancing was hugely successful upon release and grossed more than $214 million (about €180 million) 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.

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