A new poster and teaser for Shaft promise “More Shaft Than You Can Handle,” just one day ahead of the first trailer for the action movie starring Samuel L. Jackson. The original John Shaft, Richard Roundtree, is also back for this multi-generational reboot co-starring Jesse T. Usher and Regina Hall, together with Alexandra Shipp.
Originally titled Son of Shaft, the newest entry in the Shaft line stars Usher as J.J., a cyber security expert with a degree from MIT and an FBI analyst’s badge in his pocket. The youngest Shaft may be the smartest Shaft ever in terms of book learning, but he still finds himself needing to enlist his streetwise father (Jackson) to help him solve the mystery of his friend’s death. Of course, the elder Shaft has an agenda of his own that involves settling some personal and professional scores.
With New Line and Warner Bros' Shaft set to hit North American theaters this summer, as well as Netflix for world-wide streaming distribution, a first-look teaser has been released as well as a first poster. In addition, the first proper trailer for Shaft is set to be released tomorrow, Feb. 6. The newest Shaft movie may focus largely on Usher’s young character, but the poster makes it clear who still rules things. Hall also gets prominent placement after scoring multiple critics awards nominations for her performance in last year's Support the Girls. See the brief teaser and below:
Jackson of course first stepped into the leather jacket of John Shaft in the 2000 action hit directed by John Singleton. And that film was itself a long-delayed continuation of the first line of Shaft films that began with the Richard Roundtree original in 1971, and continued with the seminal Blaxploitation movies Shaft’s Big Score! and Shaft in Africa. The newest Shaft, directed by Tim Story from a script by Kenya Barris and Alex Barnow, will seek to put an up-to-date spin on the old Shaft formula with its story incorporating cyber security and a meeting of generations between all three of the Shaft men.
Of course, Shaft isn't the only big movie Jackson has coming out in 2019. The actor has already appeared opposite Bruce Willis and James McAvoy in Glass, and will soon star as Nick Fury alongside Brie Larson in Captain Marvel. With so many huge films on the docket, Jackson has a chance to put Harrison Ford and Robert Downey Jr. firmly in his rearview mirror in the race for the title of all-time most bankable star in the world.
Source: Shaft Movie, New Line Cinema
- Shaft (2019) release date: Jun 14, 2019