Derek Hough Taking Season 12 Off From ‘DWTS’

Dancing with the Stars‘s Derek Hough will not be doing season 12 this year to go a movie, Cobu 3D! Awwww, who will take his place…his sister, Julianne also left Dancing to do music and movie. Derek should be back for Season 13

Dancing with the Stars will be a little less fabulous when it returns to ABC in March.

“I’m taking season 12 off,” three-time champ Derek Hough tells PEOPLE. The Dancing pro, 25, will be busy playing the lead role in the upcoming dance movie Cobu 3D, which is slated to film in New York and Toronto this spring.

Hough will play a New Orleans street dancer who moves to New York and falls for an Asian drummer (played by Korean pop recording star BoA). The Romeo and Juliet-style love story (their dance groups are rivals) will be accented by “some incredible dance numbers,” says Hough. “People will see a much edgier side of me and these other styles of dance I’m capable of doing.”

Hough has already started training for the film by working out in the gym and brushing up on his tap dancing skills. He says he’s put on “about 10 lbs. of muscle” for the film, “which is a lot for me.”

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