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Derek Hough Leaves "Dancing with the Stars"

Dancer Derek Hough arrives at the Bulgari private event honoring Simon Fuller and Paul Haggis on Jan. 13, 2011, in Beverly Hills, Calif. Getty

NEW YORK (CBS) Derek Hough will not be returning to "Dancing with the Stars" next season.

"I'm taking season 12 off," he told People magazine on Monday. The three-time mirrorball champ, 25, will be busy playing the lead role in the upcoming dance movie "Cobu 3D," which is set to film in New York and Toronto this spring.

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In the film, Hough plays a New Orleans street dancer who moves to New York and falls for an Asian drummer (played by Korean pop star BoA) from a rival dance group.

The "Romeo and Juliet"-style story will feature "some incredible dance numbers," Hough told the magazine.

"People will see a much edgier side of me and these other styles of dance I'm capable of doing," he added.

Hough joined the cast of professional dancers on "DWTS" in Season 5, when he was paired with actress Jennie Garth. He's won the mirrorball trophy three times, with model Brooke Burke (Season 7), singer Nicole Scherzinger (Season 10) and actress Jennifer Grey (Season 11).

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