New Line Cinema’s action comedy Shaft is the next chapter in the film franchise featuring the coolest private eye on any New York City block. It’s actually the fifth installment and serves as a direct sequel to the 2000 flick, also titled Shaft. Couldn’t they have come up with a new title? Talk about being lazy.
Tim Story (Ride Along) directs this installment starring Oscar nominee Samuel L. Jackson, Jessie T. Usher, Regina Hall, Alexandra Shipp, Matt Lauria, Titus Welliver, Cliff “Method Man” Smith and Richard Roundtree, the original John Shaft.
JJ, aka John Shaft Jr. (Usher), may be a cyber security expert with a degree from MIT, but to uncover the truth behind his best friend’s untimely death, he needs an education only his dad can provide. Absent throughout JJ’s youth, the legendary locked-and-loaded John Shaft (Jackson) agrees to help his progeny navigate Harlem’s heroin-infested underbelly. And while JJ’s own FBI analyst’s badge may clash with his dad’s trademark leather duster, there’s no denying family. Besides, Shaft’s got an agenda of his own, and a score to settle that’s professional and personal.
Shaft hits theaters on June 14. Check out the trailer below.
Shaft Movie Trailer