Glee alum Naya Rivera has signed on to star opposite Faizon Love in YouTube Red’s upcoming series STEP UP: HIGH WATER, based on the popular film franchise. They are joined by recording artist Ne-Yo who will recur.
The show centers on Atlanta’s famed High Water Performing Arts School, which is run by Sage Odom (N-Yo). Rivera has been cast as former dancer turned administrator Rivera. She joins previously cast Lauryn McClain who will play Janelle, an ambitious dancer who, along with her twin brother, Tal (Petrice Jones), was uprooted from suburban Ohio to live with Uncle Al (Love). The twins meet Dondre (Marcus Mitchell), who introduces them to the party scene.
Also starring in the series are Jade Chynoweth, Carlito Olivero, Terrence Green, R. Marcos Taylor, Eric Graise, and Kendra Oyesanya.
The show will feature original songs created by Grammy-winning producer Jason “PooBear” Boyd and Jared Gudstadt. Jamal Sims, an alum of the film franchise, will choreograph the first episode, and the remaining nine episodes will be choreographed by Jamaica Craft.
The drama hails from YouTube Originals and Lionsgate and is executive produced by the original film’s stars Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan Tatum along with original producers Adam Shankman, Jennifer Gibgot, and Meredith Milton, and series creator Holly Sorenson. Shankman will direct the pilot.
The film franchise has grossed $650 million globally over six films and launched the careers of Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan Tatum.
Emily J | Staff Writer