CS Video: Three generations of Shaft on bringing the iconic character to life
Three generations of an iconic character hit the big screen today with Warner Bros. Pictures‘ Shaft! ComingSoon.net had the opportunity to speak with stars Samuel L. Jackson, Jessie T. Usher, and Richard Roundtree about the action comedy and the Shaft family’s legacy. You can check out the interview now in the player below!
JJ, aka John Shaft Jr. (Jesse T. Usher), may be a cybersecurity 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 (Samuel L. 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.
Tim Story (Ride Along and Think Like a Man franchises) directs this all-new take on a legend. The film also stars Regina Hall (Girls Trip, Barbershop: The Next Cut), Alexandra Shipp (Straight Outta Compton, X-Men: Apocalypse), Matt Lauria (TV’s Kingdom, Friday Night Lights), Titus Welliver (Argo, TV’s Bosch), Cliff “Method Man” Smith (Keanu, Train Wreck), and Richard Roundtree, the original John Shaft.
John Davis (Game Night, Joy) produced the film under his Davis Entertainment banner.
Shaft is written by Kenya Barris (Girls Trip, TV’s Black-ish) & Alex Barnow (TV’s The Goldbergs), based upon the character John Shaft from the novel by Ernest Tidyman. Serving as executive producers are Tim Story, Ira Napoliello, Kenya Barris, Marc S. Fischer, Richard Brener, and Josh Mack.
Shaft will debut in theaters on June 14. It will be distributed in North America by Warner Bros. Pictures, and internationally by Netflix.