Warner Bros. Pictures has released an official trailer for Shaft, the latest entry in the franchise which once again sees Samuel L. Jackson playing the title character.
In the movie, Shaft’s son is trying to figure out the truth behind his best friend’s death and looks to his father for help. You can find a full synopsis and check out the trailer below.
New Line Cinemaâ€™s action comedy â€œShaftâ€ is the next chapter in the film franchise featuring the coolest private eye on any New York City block.
Tim Story (the â€œRide Alongâ€ and â€œThink Like a Manâ€ franchises) directs this all-new take on a legend, starring Oscar nominee Samuel L. Jackson (â€œPulp Fiction,â€ â€œKong: Skull Islandâ€), Jessie T. Usher (TVâ€™s â€œSurvivorâ€™s Remorse,â€ â€œAlmost Christmasâ€), Regina Hall (â€œGirls Trip,â€ â€œBarbershop: The Next Cutâ€), Alexandra Shipp (â€œStraight Outta Compton,â€ â€œX-Men: Apocalypseâ€), Matt Lauria (TVâ€™s â€œKingdom,â€ â€œFriday Night Lightsâ€), Titus Welliver (â€œArgo,â€ TVâ€™s â€œBoschâ€), Cliff â€œMethod Manâ€ Smith (â€œKeanu,â€ â€œTrain Wreckâ€), 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 friendâ€™s untimely death, he needs an education only his dad can provide. Absent throughout JJâ€™s youth, the legendary locked-and-loaded John Shaft (Jackson) agrees to help his progeny navigate Harlemâ€™s heroin-infested underbelly. And while JJâ€™s own FBI analystâ€™s badge may clash with his dadâ€™s trademark leather duster, thereâ€™s no denying family. Besides, Shaftâ€™s got an agenda of his own, and a score to settle thatâ€™s professional and personal.
The film is produced by John Davis (â€œGame Night,â€ â€œJoyâ€) under his Davis Entertainment banner.
â€œShaftâ€ is written by Kenya Barris (â€œGirls Trip,â€ TVâ€™s â€œBlack-ishâ€) & Alex Barnow (TVâ€™s â€œThe Goldbergsâ€), based upon the character John Shaft from the novel by Ernest Tidyman. Serving as executive producers are Tim Story, Ira Napoliello, Kenya Barris, Marc S. Fischer, Richard Brener and Josh Mack.
Storyâ€™s behind-the-scenes creative team included director of photography Larry Blanford (â€œRide Along,â€ â€œTagâ€), production designer Wynn Thomas (â€œHidden Figuresâ€), editor Peter S. Elliot (â€œRide Along 2â€), and costume designer Olivia Miles (â€œRide Along 2â€). The music is by Christopher Lennertz (â€œNobodyâ€™s Fool,â€ â€œPitch Perfect 3â€), and Dave Jorden served as music supervisor.
This is the fifth installment in the franchise. Roundtree originally played the character in 1971’s Shaft, 1972’s Shaft’s Big Score, and 1973’s Shaft in Africa. Samuel L. Jackson then took over the character for the 2000 movie, also titled Shaft, which was directed by John Singleton. Roundtree had a cameo in that entry as well.
Shaft is set to be released in theaters on June 14th.
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