VH1 has announced that upcoming original movie Drumline: A New Beat will premiere Monday, October 27th at 9:00. Executive produced by Wendy Finerman, Dallas Austin, Jody Gerson, and Nick Cannon, A New Beat will act as a sequel to its 2002 parent film, which starred Cannon as a college freshman trying to survive his school’s strenuous marching band program.
Drumline: A New Beat is set to follow Brooklynite Danielle “Dani” Raymond (Alexandra Shipp) as she gets accepted into Atlanta A&T under the guise of revitalizing their once prominent marching band. However, the decidedly conservative institution has never had a female section leader and Dani faces a lot of pushback when she attempts to assert her position. Not only does she have tension with her cousin Tyree, she falls for fellow bandmate Jayven and finds herself put on the defensive against A&T’s crosstown rivals. Will Dani be able to shatter the glass ceiling that prevents women from rising to prominent positions in the marching band world? Or will all the distractions she’s dealing with prove to be too much to deal with?
In addition to Shipp, Drumline: A New Beat stars Jordan Calloway (Unfabulous), Jeff Pierre (Hollow Tags), LeToya Luckett (Single Ladies), DeRay Davis (21 Jump Street), and Jasmine Burke (Ride Along). Returning from the original film are Leonard Roberts (The Client List) as Sean Taylor, A&T’s new band director, and Cannon as Devon Miles.
You can check out the trailer for Drumline below, as well as the first teaser for A New Beat. The film follows VH1’s success with CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story, the network’s debut original film, and scripted dramas Single Ladies and Hit the Floor.
Will you be watching Drumline: A New Beat? Do you think the movie can do some interesting things with Dani’s journey into a male-dominated field? What type of original movie would you like to see from VH1 in the future?