Naya Rivera's Step Up TV series role recast following her tragic death

Chris Edwards
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Photo credit: Frederick M. Brown - Getty Images
Photo credit: Frederick M. Brown - Getty Images

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Naya Rivera's leading role in the Step Up TV series has been recast following her tragic death in July.

The late actress portrayed the character of Collette for the first two seasons when it belonged to YouTube, and was set to continue on the show after its move to Starz.

With the support of the cast, producers and Rivera's family, the show has now cast Christina Milian (Be Cool) in the role of Collette.

Photo credit: Frederick M. Brown - Getty Images
Photo credit: Frederick M. Brown - Getty Images

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"Naya's death was a terrible loss to our world that we will, frankly, never stop mourning," said Step Up series creator Holly Sorensen.

"It was almost impossible to consider there could be someone so graceful and loving who could both help us honour 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."

Photo credit: Getty Images
Photo credit: Getty Images

Milian added: "I am so excited to join the Step Up family. I know I have massive shoes to fill. Naya was incredible. I hope to honour Naya, her family, friends and fans with a great performance."

"There is no replacing Naya. Let's get that straight," said Sage Odom actor Ne-Yo. "Her spirit lives on in our memories and every part of what this show is and will be.

"Christina has big shoes to fill and she knows it, which speaks to her poise and respect as a person and an artist. I'm more than certain of her ability to bring an energy and light to this character that Naya's fans as well as the rest of the world will love.

"We've welcomed Christina with absolute open arms and have rallied around her with love and support. I'm excited and can't wait for the world to see this!"

Step Up airs on Starz in US.

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