It’s cool to be in the school band again. VH1 is making sure of that with its upcoming television movie, “Drumline: A New Beat,” which will premiere Monday, Oct. 27, at 9 p.m. ET.
A sequel to the hit 2002 movie, “Drumline,” VH1’s TV movie is executive produced by the star of the original film, Nick Cannon, alongside Wendy Finerman, Dallas Austin and Jody Gerson. Cannon also makes an appearance in the movie.
The forthcoming “Drumline” sequel stars Alexandra Shipp as Dani Raymond, a promising young percussionist who leaves Brooklyn with the hopes of becoming the fictional southern university Atlanta A&T’s first female drum leader. Shipp also stars as ill-fated recording artist Aaliyah Haughton in Lifetime’s “Aaliyah: Princess of R&B.”
“Drumline” also stars Letoya Luckett, Jordan Calloway, Jeff Pierre, Scott Shilstone, Deray Davis, Lisa Arrindell Anderson, Jasmine Burke and Leonard Roberts, who played Cannon’s straight-edged foil Sean Taylor in the original.
Directed by Bille Woodruff and produced by Fox Television Studios and VH1 Television, “Drumline: A New Beat” was written by Regina Hicks and Karin Gist.
“Drumline: A New Beat,” the latest in VH1’s push into scripted fare, follows the success of last year’s biopic, “CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story.” It was the highest-rated original cable movie of 2013 with the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic and was watched by 4.5 million viewers.
Watch the newest teaser for “Drumline: A New Beat” above.