Ruby Rose (left) has replaced Elliot Page (right) in 1UP (Picture: Rex)
Ruby Rose has been confirmed to join Paris Berelc in the upcoming gamer comedy 1UP, set in the world of esports.
The actress is set to replace Elliot Page who had initially been tapped to star in the project, but who has since stepped away,
The underdog comedy from Lionsgate and BuzzFeed is currently in production in Toronto, with Kyle Newman directing.
Other stars who will be appearing in the project include Taylor Zakhar Perez who starred in The Kissing Booth 2, Assassination Nation’s Hari Nef and Nicholas Coombe, from Dora and The Lost City of Gold.
1UP, which is the first production from Lionsgate and BuzzFeed’s new partnership, focuses on Valerie Lee (Paris Berelc) who ‘quits her college esports team, fed up with gaslighting from her male counterparts, and quickly realizes that her decision comes at the cost of her scholarship’.
However, Valerie is able to save her future at college if she can find a coach and assemble a whole new team to reach the State Finals.
Elliot had initially been slated to play the professor, which will now be played by Ruby (Picture: Eric Charbonneau/REX)
Valerie turned to her professor, Parker Nesby (Ruby Rose), and together with Valerie’s best friend they ‘form and train a rag-tag women’s team committed to taking down the boys that tried to shut them out of gaming in the first place.’
BuzzFeed said the 1UP was born from an underrepresentation of women in esports, explaining: ‘1UP is a fresh, authentic comedy with important social commentary, featuring a diverse cast of hugely talented and often underrepresented voices.
‘Through this joint effort, we’re eager to harness the power of the internet to reach global millennial and Gen Z audiences and tap into one of the most passionate online fanbases.’