Singer-actor-producer Ne-Yo is set to join Naya Rivera, Lauryn McClain, Petrice Jones and Faizon Love in the cast of “Step Up: High Water,” a new drama series which Lionsgate will produce that’s based on the dance-movie franchise.
The story focuses on a group of ambitious young dancers at Atlanta’s famed High Water Performing Arts School, led by Sage Odom (Ne-Yo). Rivera plays Collette, a former dancer turned administrator who has a history with Sage. Marcus Mitchell, Jade Chynoweth, Carlito Olivero, Terrence Green, R. Marcos Taylor, Eric Graise and Kendra Oyesanya also star
Original songs for the series will be created by Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Jason ‘PooBear’ Boyd and ‘Jingle’ Jared Gutstadt. Jamal Sims returns as choreographer for the first episode which Adam Shankman directs. Subsequent episodes will be choreographed by Jamaica Craft.
The project marks the first scripted drama for YouTube Red, the $10 monthly subscription service that includes access to original TV shows and movies, ad-free access to YouTube and unlimited streaming music.
YouTube Red originals have generated nearly 250 million views since the first batch debuted in early 2016. Production on the ten-episode original series is currently under way in Atlanta with the show aiming to debut in the Fall.