Avan Jogia (“Victorious,” “Paper Year”) has joined the cast of the “Shaft” reboot at New Line, joining a cast that includes Samuel L. Jackson, Jessie T. Usher, Regina Hall, Alexandra Shipp and Richard Roundtree. Tim Story will direct a script from Kenya Barris and Alex Barnow.
Usher plays a nerdy FBI agent (Usher) launches his own investigation after his friend dies under suspicious circumstances. Needing help with the case, he reluctantly enlists the help from his estranged father – the legendary, stuck-in-the-80s-but-still-cool-as-hell titular John Shaft (Jackson). The film opens June 14th 2019.
Speaking with EW, who posted the first photo from the film this morning, Jackson says his Shaft has: “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.”
Tim Story helms the new film which opens in cinemas on June 14th.