Jennifer Lopez’s boyfriend Casper Smart has been cast in the upcoming Dirty Dancing TV remake!
The actor/choreographer, who previously served as a back-up dancer for the “Jenny From The Block” star, has been cast as Billy Kostecki in the three-hour revamp for America’s ABC network.
In the beloved 1987 movie, Billy, originally played by Neal Jones, is the cousin of lead character Johnny (Patrick Swayze) and is the first person to suggest he team up with Baby (Jennifer Grey) for a dance competition.
While Smart has an impressive resume as a dancer and choreographer, he’s also appeared in a number of TV shows and films, including romantic comedy The Perfect Match, which was released last week.
And at the film’s Hollywood premiere, Lopez was by his side to celebrate his film debut, and he gushed to Entertainment Tonight about his girlfriend’s encouragement.
“That’s what we do, man. She supports me, I support her,” Smart said. “That’s love.”
The 28-year-old joins an already star-studded cast for the TV project, featuring Abigail Breslin and newcomer Colt Prattes in the roles originated by Grey and Swayze respectively, as well as Nicole Scherzinger, Sarah Hyland, Debra Messing and Billy Dee Williams.