'Step Up 2' ready to dance

5:00 AM PST 07/24/2007 by Carolyn Giardina, AP

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"Step Up 2 the Streets," the sequel to Touchstone Pictures/Summit Entertainment's "Step Up," has announced its cast along with a MySpace talent competition where the winner might appear in the film.

Briana Evigan, Robert Hoffman, Telisha Shaw and Adam G. Sevani will star, along with singer-model-actress Cassie, who will sing a song featured in the film and on the soundtrack.

Jon Chu will direct the sequel to the coming-of-age dance film. Set at the Maryland School of the Arts, the story follows revolves around dance student Patrick (Hoffman, "She's the Man") and rebellious new student Andie (Evigan).

Building on "Dance in the Video, Be in the Movie" — the user-generated contest for "Step Up" that appeared on MySpace before the first film's release — Touchstone is holding a second competition. Aspiring singers and dancers are invited to upload audition tapes to the film's MySpace page. Entries will be viewed by the filmmakers, cast and choreographers of "Step Up 2," who will select a group of finalists. MySpace voters will determine the winners. Chosen dancers are expected to appear in the film either solo or with their dance crew, while the singer will record a track for the film's soundtrack. Some entrants also might see their audition tape during the film's end credits.

"Step Up 2" reunites producers Patrick Wachsberger and Erik Feig of Summit Entertainment with Adam Shankman and Jennifer Gibgot of Offspring Entertainment, who also produced the original "Step Up." Meredith Milton, David Nicksay and Anne Fletcher will executive produce. Principal photography begins Monday in Baltimore.

"Step Up" grossed more than $65 million domestically and more than $50 million internationally last year.

Touchstone and Summit Entertainment are co-financing "Step Up 2," and Summit will distribute the film internationally. Kristin Burr and Todd Murata are the development execs for Touchstone.

Hoffman is repped by Pakula/King and Associates, and Handprint Entertainment.

Shaw is repped by Insomnia Media Group.
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