The first trailer for the new Shaft film has dropped!
This latest film in the franchise stars Samuel L. Jackson, Jessie T. Usher, Richard Roundtree and Regina Hall. Avan Jogia, Alexandra Shipp, Method Man and Matt Lauria are among the co-stars. Tim Story directed the film, which was written by Kenya Barris and Alex Barnow.
The official description: 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.
The film will be released on June 14, 2019 and soon after on Netflix, as a part of a groundbreaking Netflix deal, with the streaming giant paying “more than half the film’s high $30 million budget, in exchange for international rights and the ability to put the film on its streaming outside the U.S. two weeks after New Line releases theatrically in the United States.” This model could set a standard for “urban-themed” releases (READ: black) that don’t do well as well overseas.
Watch the trailer below: