Christina Milian is stepping up.
The Grammy-nominated singer and actress will substitute “Glee” alum Naya Rivera, who drowned at age 33 final July, within the Starz sequence “Step Up.”
“I’m so excited to hitch the ‘Step Up’ household,” stated Milian (“The Oath”) in an announcement. “I do know I’ve large sneakers to fill. Naya was unbelievable. I hope to honor Naya, her household, pals and followers with an amazing efficiency.”
In Season three, Milian, 39, will take over the position of Collette, which was performed by Rivera within the sequence’ first two seasons
“Naya’s loss of life was a horrible loss to our world that we are going to, frankly, by no means cease mourning,” creator and government producer Holly Sorensen stated. “It was nearly unimaginable to think about there could possibly be somebody so swish and loving who may each assist us honor our loss, whereas additionally bringing a deep reservoir of expertise to our present, in so many areas. Christina is an distinctive human and a blinding performer and we’re so glad she has joined our household.”
The “Step Up” sequence — a couple of performing artwork college in Atlanta — was impressed by the movie of the identical title. It additionally stars three-time Grammy-winning singer and actor Ne-Yo, who performs Sage Odom, the founding father of the present’s Excessive Water Performing Artwork College and in addition Collette’s love and enterprise accomplice.
“There isn’t a changing Naya. Let’s get that straight. Her spirit lives on in our reminiscences and each a part of what this present is and might be,” Ne-Yo added in his personal assertion. “Christina has massive sneakers to fill and he or she is aware of it, which speaks to her poise and respect as an individual and an artist. I’m greater than sure of her capacity to deliver an power and lightweight to this character that Naya’s followers in addition to the remainder of the world will love. We’ve welcomed Christina with absolute open arms and have rallied round her with love and help. I’m excited and may’t anticipate the world to see this!”
Rivera — whose $2.69 million LA house was offered simply final month — tragically died in Southern California’s Lake Piru final summer time whereas on a pontoon boat tour along with her 5-year-old son Josey, who was four on the time. In December, her former “Glee” co-stars launched a GoFundMe marketing campaign — which has raised almost $118,000 — to profit Alexandria House, a nonprofit she supported that gives protected housing for ladies and youngsters within the technique of shifting from emergency shelter to financial stability and everlasting housing.
Government producers for the sequence embody Sorensen, Adam Shankman and Jennifer Gibgot, in addition to authentic “Step Up” movie stars Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan.