Vixen Chat: The Cast of ‘Drumline: A New Beat’ is Ready to Tell a New Story


If I can ask, which one is better the first or the second?

Jordan Calloway: Drumline is a classic. And me as an audience member, I always have my skepticism when it comes to sequels as everyone should. However the new one and it says it in the name—not saying that it’s better, not saying that it’s worse—I’m saying, it’s its own authentic piece of work. Our whole writing staff did a phenomenal job and the casting was perfect. What it adds is another layer.

What I love about this film is that it dives into it and has more of an approach from different characters. So you get more of  a look of what’s going on deeper with every individual within the band and then you still have the focus of the drumline. All the drumming that goes with the whole line as a whole and how they are able as a group and as individuals to overcome those things. Because everyone in this film is dealing with their own personal demons and it’s addressed. The wonderful thing about this is it allows the audience to relate with a certain character because there are numerous characters that are explored in this film.

Letoya Luckett: It’s different, I don’t like to compare because it’s really two different movies. People are probably going to call it a part two and try to compare because it’s Drumline but I think that’s why they named it Drumline: A New Beat instead of Drumline 2 because it’s a completely different story line, a completely different movie. It’s completely different characters with the exception of Leonard [Roberts] and Nick Cannon. It feels different, you’ll see, it’s very current, new, but they both have things I absolutely love about them. I was and still am a huge fan of Drumline. 

Finish checking out pictures of our day with the cast of Drumline: A New Beat.