Starz’s dance drama Step Up moves forward after Naya Rivera’s death with Christina Milian as the new star of the show. The decision is made after months of careful consideration on how to proceed with the series following Naya’s passing, with Lionsgate TV consulting with Rivera’s family to determine the best possible option. With the family’s blessing, Milian will now play the role of Collette Jones, the role played by Rivera during the show’s first two seasons.

“Naya’s death was a terrible loss to our world that, frankly, we will never stop crying.” Increase Series creator and executive producer Holly Sorensen said in a statement. “It was almost impossible to consider that there could be someone so graceful and caring who could help us honor our loss, while also bringing a deep pool of talent to our program, in so many areas. Christina Milian He is an exceptional human being and a dazzling artist and we are so happy that he has joined our family. “

Ne-Yo, who plays Sage Odom on the show, also said: “You can’t replace Naya. Let’s clear it up. Her spirit lives in our memories and in every part of what this show is and will be. Christina has shoes. great. fill and she knows it, which speaks to her poise and respect as a person and as an artist. I am more than confident in her ability to bring energy and light to this character that both Naya fans and the rest of the world will love. We have welcomed Christina with open arms and have joined her with love and support. I am excited and can’t wait for the world to see this! “

For her part, Christina Milian added: “I am so excited to join the Step Up family. I know I have huge shoes to fill. Naya was amazing. I look forward to honoring Naya, her family, friends and fans with a great performance.”

Although she was working on Increase At the time of her death, Naya Rivera is also well known for her starring role on the Fox series. Joy. In July, Rivera’s four-year-old son was discovered alone in a rented boat on Piru Lake near Santa Clarita, California. the Joy The body of the star was later recovered from the lake and it was determined that she had likely drowned saving her son’s life. She was only 33 years old at the time of her death, and since then her ex-husband has filed a wrongful death lawsuit due to the incident on behalf of their son.

Based on the movie of the same name, Increase It initially debuted on YouTube before moving to Starz in May. The series follows students and teachers from Atlanta High Water School of the Performing Arts, and along with Ne-Yo and Rivera, the series stars Petrice Jones, Faizon Love, Marcus Mitchell, Jade Chynoweth, Carlito Olivero, Terrence Green , Eric Graise and Kendra Oyesanya.

Production in season 3 of Increase has started in Atlanta. It is not yet clear when the new episodes will arrive at Starz. This news comes from The Hollywood Reporter.

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