Starz’s Step Up is back soon for a third season, with Christina Milian replacing the late Naya Rivera as Collete Jones.
Rivera played the role in the show’s first two seasons but passed away in an unfortunate boating mishap in 2020.
According to Starz, the cast and producers, as well as Rivera’s family, supported the decision to recast the role.
“I am so excited to join the Step Up family,” Christina said in a statement when the decision was announced. “I know I have massive shoes to fill. Naya was incredible. I hope to honor Naya, her family, friends, and fans with a great performance.”
The third season will premiere on Starz on the 16th of October.
The show’s plot for the season reads: “Welcome to High Water – a next-level incubator for new artistic talent, where danger, corruption, suspicions, desires, resentments, and ambitions collide in and out of the halls of the headquarters.
“As the label’s talent roster grows, High Water founder and megastar Sage Odom (Ne-Yo) faces murder charges, financial ruin, and powerful political enemies. His partner in business and in love, Collette Jones (Milian) struggles to maintain their image as she balances a nationwide tour and steps out of her role as the woman behind the empire all while carrying a secret that threatens to ruin it all.
“Caught in the maelstrom is a collective of talented young artists that have been mentored to become top selling rappers and dance superstars: Rigo (Terrence Green), Poppy (Kendra Willis), Tal (Keiynan Lonsdale), Davis (Carlito Olivero), Odalie (Jade Chynoweth) and mysterious newcomer Angel (Rebbi Rosie), who all find that living your dream has a price.”
The show is based on the three-part Step Up films.