Newcomer Ryan Guzman is ready to shake, rattle, and body roll his way into the fantasies of ladies across the country with the release of Step Up Revolution on July 27. The 24-year-old martial artist-turned-actor-turned-dancer plays Sean, the lead role in the fourth installment of the Step Up franchise, which Channing Tatum (Mr. Magic Mike himself) jumpstarted in 2006.
Following his breakout role as street dancer Tyler, Tatum stepped away from the franchise, allowing a string of young actors to step into his shoes. Robert Hoffman (Step Up 2: The Streets) and Rick Malambri (Step Up 3D) made valiant efforts, and we're still waiting for them to reach the stratosphere of hotness Tatum managed to achieve with the first film. (Our eyes are telling our fingers to cross.) And now comes Guzman. Does he have what it takes to be the next Channing Tatum? If these photos are any indication, he certainly does. Is he serious with those abs? It's just....I can't... Wha?... Stop. That bod just screams Magic Mike sequel.
Head to our gallery for more photos to whet your Step Up Revolution appetite.
And if that's not enough, watch the great flash mob music video set to Timbaland's "Hands in the Air" below, in which 300 dancers from 25 countries learned the moves to four dances taught by Step Up Revolution's stars and choreographers, and came together for the world's biggest virtual flashmob.
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When producers of the Step Up franchise first announced that the third chapter in the urban dance saga would be filmed in 3D that increasingly gimmicky audience-baiting tool so popular these days in Hollywood reactions ranged from ambivalence to ridicule. I myself was rather skeptical having been subjected to my share of hastily produced 3D monstrosities a la The Last Airbender. But after watching the film I must concede that the trendy format actually acquits itself reasonably well in Step Up 3D. I only wish I could speak the same about the film's more traditional cinematic components like plot dialogue and acting.
Indeed it’s puzzling why director Jon Chu even bothered to include them. Even more so than its predecessor Step Up 2: The Streets Step Up 3D is fashioned almost purely as a showcase for its talented ensemble of dancers who shake and shimy their way through a variety of elaborate routines and to a pulsing soundtrack of over 50 different songs. In between the dance numbers all of which are genuinely impressive Chu strains awkwardly to maintain the pretense of Step Up 3D being an actual movie and not simply the extended music video we all know it to be. When the music stops the film flounders.
The storyline which marries extraordinary dancing with extraordinarily bad acting involves Step Up 2 holdover Moose (Adam Sevani) joining a team of dancers in their quest to save The Vault a vast New York City loft where dance-loving refugees from the street can practice their craft without having to worry about being harassed by cops the traditional enemies of the urban arts. Its idealistic founder Luke (Rick Malambri) is behind on his mortgage payments and the only way to earn enough money to avoid foreclosure is for the Pirates (as The Vault’s collection of dancers are known) to win a series of quasi-underground “battles ” in which different crews are pitted against each other in loser-goes-home dance duels.
How are these battles judged? What are the rules? I have no idea but compulsory elements appear to include lots of aggressive gesticulating toward the camera lens several menacing glances and at least one acrobatic maneuver followed by a provocative gesture -- e.g. a triple backflip with a double crotch-grab. Step Up 3D certainly doesn’t waste any time on such trivial questions not when there are inane subplots to resolve: Moose is struggling to balance his love of dance with busy life as a freshman at NYU and his best friend Camille (Alyson Stoner) is feeling neglected; Luke is hesitant to follow his dream of becoming a documentary filmmaker; sultry newcomer (Sharni Vinson) is torn between conflicting loyalties to her old family at home and her new one at the vault; and some vindictive prettyboy named Julien (Joe Slaughter) from a rival crew is conspiring to bring them all down.
Who will prevail? Eventually it all comes down to Step Up 3D’s climactic Final Battle. By that time however the war between music video and ensemble drama has already reduced it to rubble.
Disney today dropped a new trailer for Step Up 3D, the somewhat-awaited third chapter in the franchise and the first entirely Channing Tatum-free edition. Those of you who questioned the point of making a dance movie in 3D, prepare to get served:
Take that, haters! Those battles are gonna look hella cool in 3D. And that voiceover dude waxing annoyingly about the power of dance? In 3D he totally makes sense. And he looks like Leo DiCaprio.
If that isn't enough, Disney also released a slammin' new poster:
Boo-yah!!! Step Up 3D stars Rick Malambri, Sharni Vinson, Adam Sevani, and a whole bunch of other people I've never heard of. It opens August 6, 2010.