Christina Milian is set to assume Naya Rivera’s role in the YouTube-to-Starz Step Up TV series. Rivera had played a starring part, specifically the role of “Collette,” during the first two seasons of the series, which are based on the movies of the same name.
The decision was said to be made after consulting with the family of the late Rivera, who died in a tragic drowning accident last summer at just 33.
Executives were reported to have considered all options on how to deal with the role following Rivera’s untimely death. It was said that the decision to recast her part came due to the show’s highly serialized nature.
Previously the series, which was created by Sorenson and inspired by the Step Up film series, had been on YouTube before transferring to Starz back in May.