Ruby Rose has found her next big project after leaving Batwoman a year ago.
The Australian model/actor is set to replace Elliot Page in an upcoming comedy about an underdog esports team from Lionsgate and BuzzFeed. Page was originally set to star in the film, but has stepped away, leaving room for Rose to step in.
1Up, directed by Kyle Newman and featuring a script from Julia Yorks, also stars Paris Berelc (Alexa & Katie), Taylor Zakhar Perez (The Kissing Booth 2), Hari Nef (Assassination Nation), and Nicholas Coombe (Dora and the Lost City of Gold).
According to Lionsgate and BuzzFeed, 1Up follows a young woman, Valerie Lee, 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."
Rose is set to play the professor, Parker Nesby, who mentors Valerie, played by Berelc.
Rose made big news when she was cast as the lesbian superhero Batwoman on the CW show about the hero. But after just one season, she left the show due to stunt-based injuries and changing career and life goals. She was replaced by Javicia Leslie, who is the first Black actress to play Batwoman.
Page came out as trans and nonbinary last December, and this is the first role they’ve left since then. Shortly after he came out, sources confirmed that he would still play Vanya Hargreeves on The Umbrella Academy, and there would be no changes made to the character. At the time, Nick Adams, director of transgender media at GLAAD, said that “trans actors can and do play both trans and cisgender characters. I’m sure Elliot will continue to be brilliant in Umbrella Academy and many different types of roles in the future.”