Shaft is back. We have a brand new photo from the upcoming sequel, which sees the original Shaft, Richard Roundtree, returning to the role once again, with Samuel L. Jackson tagging along as his nephew from the 2000 movie. Now, nearly two decades later, Jackson gets his own sequel, but this time, he's bringing his estranged son with him to untie three different generations of the iconic character on screen.
The photo sees the family gathered together, youngest to oldest, with Independence Day: Resurgence star Jessie T. Usher rounding out the trio as the new, younger Shaft family member. He's joined by X-Men: Apocalypse star Alexandra Shipp, who's along for the ride. Samuel L. Jackson also has some reveals about the plot, explaining that his estranged son, is a cybersecurity agent with the FBI and, as such, when they're reunited, it's something of a clash of ideologies. Here's what Jackson had to say about it.
"He joins the FBI, which is sort of anti-Shaft family values. So when he comes to me for help, it's a matter of reshaping him... He's mellowed a bit, he's not quite as crazy and cynical. Maybe a bit more devil-may-care the last time we saw him. But still an extremely dangerous and funny character."
The character of Shaft dates back to 1971 where Richard Roundtree first played the role on screen. That led to a number of sequels, with Roundtree even starring in a TV series for CBS, even if it was relatively short-lived. That eventually led to Samuel L. Jackson's take on the character as Roundtree's nephew, who holds onto the namesake. This time around, they're passing the torch to an up-and-coming star, but for Jackson, this is a character that has endured for good reasons and, in his mind, needs to endure.
"He's always that tough but fair, well-dressed cynical guy with the right one-liner. All of those things work to make somebody cool across the generations. It's enduring. We don't have a lot of heroes, so the ones we have, we hold on to."
It's been nearly 20 years since Samuel L. Jackson's Shaft hit theaters. The John Singleton-directed action flick was a modest success, bringing in $107 million at the global box office. But it did its part in helping to keep the character alive.
Tim Story, the man behind the early Fantastic Four movies and the Ride Along franchise, is in the director's chair. But perhaps more important than that; the legendary Isaac Hayes will be back to provide the soundtrack. Can you dig it? The Shaft sequel is set to arrive in theaters on June 14, 2019, positioning it as a potential mid-summer hit. We should expect a trailer to arrive sooner rather than later, so keep your eyes peeled for that. In the meantime, be sure to check out the brand new photo from Entertainment Weekly below.