Actor Elliott Page gave up his place to Ruby Rose to play Parker Nesby in 1UP, a comedy that wants to highlight female players who now evolve in the world of Esports.
E-gaming is still a masculine universe, but we have seen the emergence of young female talents in recent years. Screenwriter Julia Yorks wanted to tell their story in this movie.
1UP focuses on a young woman named Valerie Lee (Paris Berelc, Alexa & Katie), 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 (Ruby Rose), and together with Valerie’s best friend and fellow gamer Sloane (Hari Nef, Assassination Nation), 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.”
Lionsgate and BuzzFeed have teamed up to produce the movie which BuzzFeed’s Senior Vice President of Global Content, Richard Alan Reid, says will be “a fresh, authentic comedy with important social commentary, featuring a diverse cast of hugely talented and often under-represented voices”.
Lauren Bixby, VP of Acquisitions for Lionsgate also added that 1UP will be “an exciting, engaging comedy with universal themes” noting that “what truly differentiates this film are the diverse, nuanced characters that are unusual for this genre – a rich variety of people who we don’t get to see every day.”
Filming of 1UP began in Toronto, Canada. I’ll talk about it again when the trailer comes out in a few months.
Note that Ruby Rose, who is earning their stripes in cinema, will star in George Gallo’s new thriller “Vanquish” alongside Morgan Freeman.