*Alexandra Shipp will star as the drummer at the center of the TV movie “Drumline: A New Beat,” a sequel to Nick Cannon’s 2002 feature film.
The sequel will focus on a new set of characters at Atlanta A&T University, the setting of the original movie.
The story follows Dani Bolton (Shipp), an upper-class Brooklyn girl who defies her parents in order to attend Atlanta A&T so she can join — and revitalize — its once-prominent drumline. Dani’s quest to become the first female section leader of the drumline in the school’s history will be hampered by upperclassmen, including her cousin, Tyree (Jeff Pierre, “Glee”), her feelings for fellow bandmate Jayven (Jordan Calloway, “Unfabulous”) and the school’s crosstown rivals.
“Drumline” co-star Leonard Roberts will reprise his role as Sean Taylor, now a determined band director looking to make his mark at his alma mater while navigating the ghosts of his past. Cannon will executive produce and reprise his role as Devon Miles in a cameo.
Letoya Luckett (“Single Ladies”) will portray Dr. Nia Phillips, the intelligent and determined dean at Atlanta A&T with former romantic ties to Sean. Her support of Sean’s return to lead A&T’s band proves to be difficult as the Panthers take on a rival band led by Phillips’ ex-husband — and Sean’s brother — Kevin Taylor.
Jasmine Burke (“Ride Along”) is set as Tasha Williams, one of Dani’s roommates who is wooed by Josh (Scott Shilstone, “Now You See Me”). Calloway’s Jayven is an extremely gifted, yet cocky freshman at Atlanta A&T who is immediately attracted to Dani and vice versa. Pierre’s Tyree is head of the percussion section.
Cannon and Dallas Austin are among the executive producers. Production is set to begin in the spring for a fall 2014 premiere.