Naya Rivera‘s position in a series impressed by the “Move Up” films has been recast, the Starz channel announced in a push release Monday.
According to the release, Christina Milian will join the show as Collette Jones, a part originated by Rivera in the initially two seasons. The collection, created by Starz and Lionsgate Television, first aired on YouTube in 2018 and resumed filming this month in Atlanta, the release additional.
Milian has beforehand acted in the reveals “Soundtrack,” “The Oath” and “Grandfathered” and was nominated for two Grammy Awards in 2004. She has also voiced a recurring purpose in “Family Dude.”
“I am so thrilled to be part of the ‘Step Up’ family,” Milian explained in a assertion. “I know I have massive shoes to fill. Naya was remarkable. I hope to honor Naya, her loved ones, pals and followers with a terrific general performance.”
Previous July, Rivera disappeared from a boat she rented with her 4-yr-aged son, Josey, at Lake Piru in Southern California. Immediately after a days-lengthy search, the Ventura County Sheriff’s Business introduced that a body uncovered at the lake was Rivera’s.
Holly Sorensen, the creator and executive producer of the “Move Up” sequence, explained Rivera’s loss of life as “a terrible loss to our globe that we will, frankly, in no way cease mourning.”
“It was pretty much impossible to take into consideration there could be someone so graceful and loving who could each support us honor our decline, while also bringing a deep reservoir of expertise to our exhibit, in so several parts,” she continued. “Christina is an remarkable human and a stunning performer and we are so content she has joined our loved ones.”
Ne-Yo, who starred reverse Rivera in the show’s very first two seasons, said Milian will honor the previous “Glee” star with her performance.
“There is no replacing Naya. Let us get that straight. Her spirit life on in our memories and each individual element of what this display is and will be,” he explained. “Christina has big sneakers to fill and she knows it, which speaks to her poise and respect as a person and an artist. I’m a lot more than selected of her capability to bring an vitality and mild to this character that Naya’s supporters as perfectly as the rest of the environment will appreciate.”