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Jennifer Lopez's boyfriend hops into Dirty Dancing

Jennifer Lopez's boyfriend hops into Dirty Dancing

Jennifer Lopez's boyfriend Casper Smart will be doing some Dirty Dancing in the upcoming TV remake.

The actor/choreographer, who previously served as a back-up dancer for the Booty star, has been cast as Billy Kotsecki 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.

Smart joins an already star-studded cast for the television 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.

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 (ends11Mar16).

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."

During a recent interview on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Lopez insisted she is happier than ever with Casper, but was adamant there are no plans to walk down the aisle this year (16).

"No wedding. There's no wedding... Honest!" she declared when asked about a potential fourth marriage.

She also noted the pair keep the spark alive by partaking in mundane activities with each other.

"I don't have time for a lot of date nights. It's a lot of being at home, a lot of watching TV, a lot of Game Of Thrones, a lot of Homeland late at night as I fall asleep," Lopez said.

- Cover Media