US bombshell Kherington Payne has been announced today to play Sasha, the female lead in the upcoming multi-million dollar local hip-hop feature film Born to Dance.Kherington is best known for her top ten placing in the hit American Reality Show So You Think You Can Dance and her portrayal of Alice the 2009 US remake of Fame. Kherington was also the lead in the E! Networks docu-drama The Dance Scene and was a principal dancer for Katy Perry’s Teenage Dream Tour.
“When I found out that this film was going to be shot in New Zealand I thought there was no better reason for me to take the role,” says Kherington. “To be able to do what I love in a beautiful country with the most incredible culture and scenery is just a dream”
The film’s director Tammy Davis (Ebony Society, Sonny My Older Brother) is thrilled that Kherington could take up this role.
“I am looking forward to going on this journey with Kherington,” says Davis. “She is a solid performer that brings authenticity to the character of Sasha. I think that the audience will love the chemistry between Tu and Sasha and be blown away when they see them dance together”
Kherington will play the lead role of Sasha, a privileged North Shore dancer from the K-Crew who gets close to Papakura boy Tu when he auditions to join their crew. The character of Tu will be played by fresh faced Tia Maipi. This role will be Tia’s first major acting role although he has danced around the world as part of Hip Hop International’s gold medal winning crew The Royal Family. Australasian superstar Stan Walker will play Benji, Tu’s best friend.
Born To Dance will be choreographed by dance heavyweight Parris Goebel who joins the cast fresh from her work on Step Up All In. Hip Hop star P Money has come on board as Music Supervisor.
Born to Dance is due to begin filming in Auckland in mid October 2014. The film is scheduled for a nationwide theatrical release mid 2015 via Vendetta Films locally and will be sold internationally by LA based sales agent CMG.
KEY CREW LIST:
DIRECTOR: Tammy Davis
PRODUCERS: Jill Macnab, Leanne Saunders, Daniel Story EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Matt Noonan, Phil Bremner. LINE PRODUCER: Dan Higgins
DANCE DIRECTOR: Chris Graham
DOP: Simon Riera
PRODUCTION DESIGNER: Shayne Radford
COSTUME DESIGNER: Kylie Cooke
MAKE UP DESIGNER: Deb Watson
CASTING: Catch Casting
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