Date: 3rd February 2021
Ruby Rose has joined Paris Berelc in 1Up, the underdog comedy set in the world of esports that Kyle Newman is directing for Lionsgate and BuzzFeed.
Elliot Page was previously cast to play a professor and mentor figure in the movie, but Page has since stepped away from the project and the producers have hired Ruby Rose to play that role instead.
The movie follows a young woman named Valerie 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. But, she discovers a loophole to save her collegiate future: if she can find a coach and assemble a whole new varsity-caliber team capable of reaching the State Finals. Valerie turns to her professor, Parker Nesby, and together with Valerie’s best friend and fellow gamer Sloane, 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.
1Up is now filming in Toronto. Taylor Zakhar Perez, Hari Nef, and Nicholas Coombe round out the supporting cast.
eSports have become increasingly popular in recent years, so much so that major competitions are televised on cable channels and huge cash prizes are doled out to the winners.
Source: Press Release