Columbus Short, Evan Ross and newcomer Erica Peeples are starring in the love story “True to the Game,” Variety has learned exclusively.

Vivica A. Fox, Nelsan Ellis (“True Blood”) and Keith Robinson are also starring.

Short is also producing through his Great Picture Show banner with Leah Daniels-Butler co-producing in association with Imani Films. Manny Halley, CEO of Imani Entertainment Group, is producing.

Danny Green is directing from a script by Nia Hill, based on the Teri Woods novel and centered on the tumultuous relationship between a young woman who hails from the projects of Philadelphia and a crime-laden young millionaire who introduces her to his fast-paced and dangerous lifestyle. The story is set in ’80s Philadelphia as the couple navigates through the unforgiving and cyclical world of sex, drugs and money.

Principal filming began recently in Los Angeles.

Short was a regular on ABC’s “Scandal.” Ross will be seen next in “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2.”

IEG has worked with Keyshia Cole and Shyne and on the TV movie “Truth Be Told” starring Regina King and Blair Underwood. Daniels-Butler is the casting director on “Empire.”