New Line, via EW, has released the first photo of latest installment in the “Shaft” franchise with Jessie T. Usher, Samuel L. Jackson, Richard Roundtree, Regina Hall and Alexandra Shipp.
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.
Usher is playing a cybersecurity expert and the estranged son of Jackson’s Shaft. This straitlaced FBI trained agent must team with his dad and great-uncle on a case in the new film which is said to have more of an action-comedy tone.
Jackson is reprising the role he first played in the 2000 update by John Singleton, Shipp will play Usher’s love interest and female lead of the movie.
Hall will play a former love interest of John Shaft and the younger Shaft’s mother.
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.
The Shaft reboot will hit theaters on June 14, 2019