Alexandra Shipp In Talks To Join Jessie T. Usher, Samuel L. Jackson in ‘Shaft’ Reboot

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Alexandra Shipp In Talks To Join Jessie T. Usher, Samuel L. Jackson in ‘Shaft’ Reboot
Posted by Wilson Morales

November 20, 2017

Source: THR

Alexandra Shipp is in talks to join Jessie T. Usher and Samuel L. Jackson in the ‘Shaft’ reboot, says THR.

Tim Story is directing the movie, which is seen as a continuation of the story of Shaft, the private detective that first appeared in the 1970s Blaxploitation action movie that became a pop culture phenomenon.

Jackson is reprising the role he first played in the 2000 update by John Singleton, while Jessie T. Usher has been cast to play his son, who, after long being estranged from his father, finds himself teamed up with him. The son is a FBI cyber expert and the partnership is described as “old school meets new school,” according to the studio.

Shipp will play Usher’s love interest and female lead of the movie.

Originally a 1970 novel by Ernest Tidyman, Shaft was famously made into a feature film, directed by Gordon Parks, in 1971. Richard Roundtree played the title role, Detective John Shaft, in the original film, immediately reprising the role for two sequels: Shaft’s Big Score in 1972 and Shaft in Africa in 1973. He then starred in a short lived (7 episodes) series for CBS.

Kenya Barris and Alex Barnow wrote the script. Barris is also producing as is John Davis. Production is due to being in December.

New Line is releasing the movie in North America While Netflix has international rights.

Shipp, who was also in Straight Outta Compton, will next be reprising her role as Storm for X-Men: Dark Phoenix, which will be released in November 2018. She is currently filming A Dog’s Way Home for Sony.


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