‘Step Up Revolution’ Trailer Takes Dance Out of the Club [Video]

Director Scott Speer combines flash-mob choreography with Occupy-style politics in the fourth installment of the long-running dance-themed franchise.

The film, written by Jenny Mayer, will be directed by Scott Speer in 3D and produced by Jennifer Gibgot and Adam Shankman (“Rock of Ages”) and Summit Entertainment’s Patrick Wachsberger and Erik Feig. It will start shooting later this summer.

The first trailer and poster for new Step Up Revolution have been recently released. For the fourth entry in the Step Up franchise, the series is taking on flash mobs because of course they are.

The new trailer is longer than a previous 50-second teaser which was released in February. It features more footage of the intricately choreographed routines that the franchise is known for.

Summit Entertainment, taking over the franchise from previous distributor Buena Vista Pictures, offered a full-length clip showcasing a new location (Miami) and a focus on group routines – from “performance art” to “protest art.”

The movie is the fourth installment of the popular Step Up franchise, which has given actors like Channing Tatum, Jenna Dewan and Rick Malambri their start on the Hollywood arena.

Tatum continued his career having starred in such moves as 21 Jump Street and The Vow, while Malambri recently joined the ABC Family television series The Lying Game.

Jon M. Chu, who directed the previous movies Step Up 2 The Streets and Step Up 3D, left his helmer’s chair for the latest installment, instead serving as executive producer while he puts the finishing touches on a different sequel, G.I. Joe: Retaliation.

This time Scott Speer, who worked with Chu on the web series The LXD, directs the film, which focuses on dancers whose routines resemble “flash mobs” – coordinated efforts involving large groups of people hijacking public locations.

According to IMDB, the movie’s plot is the next one: “Emily (Kathryn McCormick) arrives in Miami with aspirations to become a professional dancer. She sparks with Sean (Ryan Guzman), the leader of a dance crew whose neighborhood is threatened by Emily’s father’s development plans.”

So You Think You Can Dance’s Kathryn McCormick signed on to play the lead in Step Up Revolution last summer.

Step Up producer Adam Shankman confirmed the news having taken to his Twitter account: “Kathryn McCormick isn’t just IN Step Up 4,” he writes, “She’s the female lead. Her audition was fantastic. A star is born.”

“Dedicated wholly to her craft, Kathryn McCormick is a dancer who passionately seeks and desires to perform with purpose and meaning,” reads the dancer’s official site.

“She throws herself into choreography with reckless abandonment, becoming humbly submitted as a vessel for artistic expression, so that each performance may allow every movement to offer significance and translate emotion.” As for Guzman, the film is going to be his acting debut.

Although it’s quite disappointing that the filmmakers chose not to go with the much better – if much more obvious – title Step Up 4 Eva, the footage promises plenty of exciting dancefloor action, writes The Hollywood Reporter.

Step Up Revolution is scheduled to hit theaters nationwide on July 27, 2012. The “Step Up” franchise has so far grossed more than $430 million worldwide.

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