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.