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Swayze gets ‘Word’ to dance

Thesp's wife to helm/co-star in Franchise pic

Patrick Swayze will once again dig out his dancing shoes, this time in Franchise Pictures’ drama “Without a Word,” which starts shooting in Toronto this September.

The actor, who shimmied into the spotlight in 1987’s “Dirty Dancing,” will star opposite wife Lisa Niemi and Nicolas Gunn (“Scanner Cop II”).

The pic is based on a stage play the trio co-wrote and starred in. Niemi, who adapted the piece for the big screen, will make her feature directorial debut.

“Without a Word” focuses on a dance company whose fate rests on one final performance by three former dancers hoping to reclaim a lost dream.

Swayze described the project as a labor of love. “The material has a huge emotional impact, with dance that moves from achingly romantic to intensely sensual,” he said.

Swayze and Franchise Pictures’ topper Eli Samaha will produce.

Swayze recently wrapped J&M’s “Letters From a Killer.” His previous credits include “Ghost,” “To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar” and Universal’s actioner “Black Dog,” now in release.

He was repped in the deal by William Morris agents Nicole David, Cassian Elwes and Peter Levine, as well as attorney Fred Gaines.