Fueled with energetic music, the Fox drama follows Kyle (Alfonso Herrera, Sens8) and Gaby, two star-crossed young lovers, as they pursue their dreams and passions through the sweat of line-dancing in honky-tonks, the grime of the oil refineries and the glamour of modern Texas. It's about family legacies, starting over, finding true love and the American dream.
Belushi will play Marshall, a spirited long-haul truck driver-turned-honky tonk bar owner. He is as much of a Houston institution as is his bar, Gilley’s.
Popular Mexican singer-actor Herrera will take over the leading role played by Travolta. In Fox's reboot, Kyle is a popular rodeo circuit rider who is a puppet for the drug cartel and is forced to flee Mexico after messing with the wrong people.
Hustle & Flow's Craig Brewer — who wrote and directed the 2011 Footloose remake — is attached to write, direct and executive produce the drama, which has received a pilot order the network. Robert Evans, who produced the original feature, and HBO alum Sue Naegle also will executive produce the co-production between Paramount TV and 20th Century Fox Television. James Sikura will oversee for the Robert Evans Co. and co-executive produce. Chris Levinson also is attached to executive produce.
Belushi's credits include According to Jim, HBO's Show Me a Hero mini and The Defenders.