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Vanessa Hudgens and Julianne Hough tapped for Grease: Live

Vanessa Hudgens and Julianne Hough are set to show off their vocal skills in a planned live TV production of Grease.

The High School Musical star will embrace her inner bad girl to play Rizzo, previously portrayed onscreen by Stockard Channing, while Footloose actress Hough has been cast as Sandy, the character made famous in the 1978 movie musical by Olivia Newton-John.


Further casting details have yet to be announced.


Grease: Live is due to air on Fox network in January, 2016.


The project will be the latest musical to air live after Allison Williams and Christopher Walken tackled Peter Pan Live! last month (Dec14) and Carrie Underwood starred in The Sound of Music Live! in 2013.


Hudgens is currently putting her vocals to the test in new stage show Gigi, which is set to hit the Broadway stage for previews in March (15).