Step Up 5‘s Briana Evigan and Hannah Montana‘s Emily Osment are gearing up for Love Is All You Need?, an indie drama with a twist inspired by the challenges faced by LGBT youth. Directed by Kim Rocco Shields and co-written by Shields and David Tillman, the provocative drama is set in a world where being gay is the norm and heterosexual persons are bullied and is based on Shields’ controversial award-winning 2011 short film of the same name.
Shields’ 2011 short starred Lexi DiBennedetto as a young girl who is shunned for being heterosexual and attempts to commit suicide after enduring intolerant treatment from bigoted friends and family; it scored over 45 million YouTube views.
The feature version will follow similar themes focusing on different characters, including Evigan as a female star college quarterback named Jude who strikes up a forbidden romance with a male journalist. Osment will play Kelly, Jude’s girlfriend. The Walking Dead‘s Kyla Kennedy also stars as an 11-year-old girl who is bullied for having a crush on a boy at school.
Filming begins this week in Los Angeles under Love Is All You Need, LLC. A weekly making-of webseries will be launched online through production. Evigan is repped by APA and Luber Roklin Entertainment. Osment is repped by CAA. Kennedy is repped by Paradigm. Check out the original short: