Samuel L. Jackson reprises the role of private detective
John Shaft II in the new adaptation of Shaft,
which takes a comedic turn. We’re not sure if the film is a direct sequel to
2000’s Shaft, which seems a whole lot
more serious. But we’re down with what director Tim Story is delivering with
this one. See for yourself after the jump.
The film centres on three generations of the Shaft family, primarily, JJ aka John Shaft Jr. (Jessie T. Usher), who is a cyber security expert with a degree from MIT. However, when he needs 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 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 coat, 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 also stars Alexandra Shipp, Regina Hall, Luna Lauren Velez, Avan Jogia and Richard Roundtree who portrays the original Shaft from the 1970s film.