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DRUMLINE is a unique look at the world and culture of show-style marching bands at America's black universities. Nick Cannon (Nickelodeon's "The Nick Cannon Show") heads the cast as Devon Miles, a fledgling freshman drummer determined to shine on the school's drumline. He is joined in the cast by Zoë Saldana ("Crossroads," "Center Stage") as Laila, an upperclassman who strikes up a romantic relationship with the talented percussionist; Orlando Jones ("Evolution," "Double Take") as the college's stoic marching band director, Dr. Lee; Leonard Roberts ("He Got Game") as Sean, the envious senior band member who initially resents and dismisses Devon's talent; and Earl C. Poitier ("Remember the Titans"), GQ ("On the Line") and Jason Weaver ("The Jacksons: An American Dream") as fellow freshmen who also aspire to win starting spots on the college marching band.

Filmmaker Charles Stone III ("Paid in Full," TV's "Whassuup?!" Budweiser spots) directs from an original screenplay by Tina Gordon Chism and Shawn Schepps, from a story by Schepps. The project is based on Grammy®-winning producer-songwriter Dallas Austin's own experiences as a high school drummer. Austin (who has produced multi-platinum hits for Madonna, Michael Jackson, TLC and Pink) serves as DRUMLINE's executive producer while doubling as the film's executive music producer. Academy Award® winner Wendy Finerman ("Forrest Gump") produces the film along with industry veteran Timothy M. Bourne ("Riding in Cars with Boys") and Jody Gerson, executive vice president of U.S. EMI Music Publishing and one of music's most accomplished publishing executives. Greg Mooradian ("Sugar & Spice") joins Austin as the film's executive producer.

The film's production team also includes Emmy® Award-winning production designer Charles C. Bennett (HBO's "Miss Evers' Boys," "For Love and Country: The Arturo Sandoval Story"), cinematographer Shane Hurlbut (HBO's "The Rat Pack," "crazy/beautiful"), costume designer Salvador Perez ("Men of Honor," "Soul Food") and film editors Bill Pankow, A.C.E. ("The Untouchables," "Snake Eyes") and Patricia Bowers. Music is by John Powell ("Shrek," "The Bourne Identity").

Veteran high school band director Don Roberts serves as the film's technical advisor and led the fictional Atlanta A&T band as it marches before the cameras.

DRUMLINE's look at the world of show-style marching bands represents the first time Hollywood has tackled the high-energy, high-stakes world. "I love movies that take you to a world where people have never been," says producer Wendy Finerman. "DRUMLINE will show people something new and fresh. These bands make you come alive; they excite you from the inside-out. You just can't help smiling ear-to-ear when you experience a show-style marching band performance. I thought that would make a great backdrop for a movie."

Finerman tapped filmmaker Charles Stone III to bring this world to life, after watching Stone's raucous and acclaimed "Whassup?!" spots for Budweiser, and the director's feature directorial debut, a gritty drama called "Paid in Full." "The fact that the ‘Whassup?!' spots and ‘Paid in Full' came from the same talent was startling to me," Finerman recalls. "It was quite clear to me that Charles could do anything."

For Stone, show-style marching bands represent a world that spans the worlds of music, dance and now, of course, film. "Show-style marching bands really embrace the worlds of hip-hop and R&B with a style of choreography that is explosive," Stone notes. "Most people are familiar with the corps marching bands t

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