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'Step Up Revolution' Trailer Debuts (Video)

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

Step Up 4 Poster Art - P 2012

Fans worried that the Step Up films reached the pinnacle of their ambitions with 3D were reassured that the series still has plenty of life left in it when Summit Entertainment premiered the trailer Friday for Step Up Revolution. Summit, 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.”

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Step Up 2 The Streets and Step Up 3D helmer Jon M. Chu vacates the director’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. 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.

The story revolves around a young woman named Emily (Kathryn McCormick) who moves to Miami with aspirations to become a professional dancer. After she gets involved with Sean (Ryan Guzman), the leader of a local dance crew, they band together to stop a greedy developer who threatens to buy up the Miami strip and turn it into high-rise condominiums. Consequently, the dancers jump into action, using their routines to raise awareness of the area’s history, save their homes, and of course, provide some exciting dance numbers for viewers.

Although it’s 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. Step Up Revolution arrives in theaters nationwide on July 27, 2012.