The forthcoming drama — executive produced by Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan Tatum, who starred together in the first movie — is described as a heart-pounding, sexy, music-filled story about dancers at Atlanta’s famed High Water Performing Arts School.
Rivera will play Collette, a former dancer-turned-High Water administrator whose passion for her students is only matched by her history with the school’s legendary founder Sage Odom (Ne-Yo) and her own secrets.
In addition to her role as Santana Lopez on the musical dramedy Glee, Rivera’s TV credits include Devious Maids and The Bernie Mac Show.
Ne-Yo starred as the Tin Man in NBC’s live musical The Wiz and currently serves as a judge on the competition series World of Dance, hosted by Dewan Tatum.
Step Up: High Water, which is slated to premiere this fall as YouTube Red’s first big-budget original drama, hails from writer/producer Holly Sorenson (Recovery Road, Make It or Break It).