Jessie T. Usher has been selected to star in an upcoming reboot of the classic cult film, Shaft. This remake will be called Son of Shaft, and comes from New Line and director Tim Story. Richard Roundtree and Samuel L. Jackson, who starred in the prior Shaft films, are in negotiations to reprise their roles for this film.
According to Deadline, New Line and Story searched for months to find the actor to take on the role. Usher is most known for starring in the LeBron James executive-produced Starz comedy, Survivor’s Remorse, and Independence Day: Resurgence.
Usher will portray the son of the Detective John Shaft (Jackson), who, “after long being estranged from his father, finds himself teamed up with him. The young man is an FBI agent, a cyber expert, and the partnership with dad is an uneasy collision of old school meets new school.”
The script for the reboot will be written by Kenya Barris.
Production will begin this fall.