Grammy-nominated actress and singer Christina Milian (The Oath, Soundtrack) has been tapped for the lead function originated by the late Naya Rivera within the new installment of Starz’s Step Up drama sequence. Milian will painting Collette within the sequence, which hails from creator and government producer Holly Sorensen, Starz and Lionsgate Television. The sequence started filming in Atlanta this month. Starz will air the primary two seasons of the sequence, which initially aired on YouTube with Rivera as Collette, starting Friday, March 5 throughout all platforms.
In addition to Milian, Ne-Yo returns in his co-starring function as Sage Odom, together with returning sequence regulars Faizon Love (Uncle Al), Jade Chynoweth (Odalie), Carlito Olivero (Davis), Terrence Green (Rigo), Eric Graise (King), and Kendra Oyesanya (Poppy) and beforehand introduced Tricia Helfer (Erin) who joins the forged in a sequence common function.
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“I am so excited to join the Step Up family,” mentioned Milian. “I know I have massive shoes to fill. Naya was incredible. I hope to honor Naya, her family, friends and fans with a great performance.”
Starz had introduced a brand new season of Step Up slightly over a month after Rivera misplaced her life in Lake Piru. She had gone lacking on July 8, 2020, whereas swimming along with her son on the Ventura County, CA lake. Her physique was found 5 days later. She was 33.
The resolution was made to recast her function together with the assist of the forged, producers and Naya’s household, after cautious consideration of a number of elements, together with the extremely serialized nature of the present and the truth that Naya’s character is so central to the storytelling, in line with Starz.
“Naya’s death was a terrible loss to our world that we will, frankly, never stop mourning,” added creator and government producer Sorensen. “It was almost impossible to consider there could be someone so graceful and loving who could both help us honor our loss, while also bringing a deep reservoir of talent to our show, in so many areas. Christina is an exceptional human and a dazzling performer and we are so happy she has joined our family.”
Inspired by the Step Up Lionsgate movie franchise that grossed over $600 million on the worldwide field workplace, the unique sequence facilities on Sage Odom (Ne-Yo) because the legendary founding father of Atlanta’s famed High Water Performing Art School. Collette is the Queen of High Water and Sage Odom’s accomplice in artwork, enterprise, and love. Collette constructed and nurtured Sage’s visionary academy from the bottom up. Grinding her method to the highest with grit and resourcefulness, Collette earned a brand new function, supervisor of Sage Odom and his tour, all this whereas hiding a darkish secret. As this secret comes crashing down on Sage, High Water, and the tour, Collette is tempted by a chance to step out of her function as the girl behind the person, to develop into the highly effective lady in entrance of the person.
“There is no replacing Naya. Let’s get that straight. Her spirit lives on in our memories and every part of what this show is and will be,” mentioned Ne-Yo. “Christina has big shoes to fill and she knows it, which speaks to her poise and respect as a person and an artist. I’m more than certain of her ability to bring an energy and light to this character that Naya’s fans as well as the rest of the world will love. We’ve welcomed Christina with absolute open arms and have rallied around her with love and support. I’m excited and can’t wait for the world to see this!”
Along with Sorenson, Adam Shankman and Jennifer Gibgot, who served as producers on the unique Step Up movies, will government produce on this newest chapter of the franchise by their Offspring Entertainment banner.
“Step Up has been an indelible part of mine and my partner, Jennifer Gibgot’s life for 16 years and never did we think we would feel so much loss as we have with Naya’s passing,” mentioned Shankman. “But speaking as her friend, colleague and forever fan, nothing makes us happier then being able to celebrate the continuation of this story with the extraordinary Christina Milian and the brilliant, boundary pushing team at Starz. We promise not to disappoint.”
Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan, who each co-starred within the unique Step Up movie, will even government produce by Free Association manufacturing firm and Everheart Productions, Inc., respectively. Erik Feig, who served as producer on all of the movies and oversaw the franchise whereas an government at Lionsgate, is government producing by way of his manufacturing shingle Picturestart. Bill Brown additionally serves as author and government producer, and Dawn Wilkinson will function director and government producer.
The sequence is impressed by the Lionsgate franchise spanning 5 movies: Step Up, Step Up 2: The Streets, Step Up: 3D, Step Up: Revolution and Step Up: All In. The movie sequence additionally impressed the reside music and dance present Step Up Dubai, All In! at Motiongate Dubai theme park.
The new Step Up sequence will air on Starz within the U.S. and Canada and on its worldwide streaming platform Starzplay throughout Europe, Latin America and Japan.