Christina Milian is set to assume the role formerly played by Naya Rivera in the Step Up TV series, which started airing on Youtube before making its way to Starz. Rivera played the role of “Collette” during the first two seasons of the series, which are based on the movies of the same name.
According to reports from The Hollywood Reporter, the decision was made after consulting with Rivera’s family after she died in an accidental drowning last summer at the age of 33.
“Naya’s death was a terrible loss to our world that we will, frankly, never stop mourning,” Series creator and executive producer Holly Sorensen said on Monday. “It was almost impossible to consider there could be someone so graceful and loving who could both help us honor our loss, while also bringing a deep reservoir of talent to our show, in so many areas. Christina is an exceptional human and a dazzling performer and we are so happy she has joined our family.”
Executives on the series reportedly considered all options on dealing with the role following Rivera’s untimely passing. In the end, it was said that the decision to recast her part came because of the show’s highly serialized nature.
“I am so excited to join the Step Up family,” Milian said. “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.”