Shaft Movie

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Who's Involved:

Matt Lauria, Ira Napoliello, Regina Hall, Tim Story, Titus Welliver, Richard Roundtree, Samuel L. Jackson, Jessie Usher, Alexandra Shipp, John Davis, Method Man, Kenya Barris, Richard Brener, Marc S. Fischer, Alex Barnow, Marc Fischer, Josh Mack

Release Date:

Friday, June 14, 2019 Nationwide

pervasive language, violence, sexual content, some drug material and brief nudity
Runtime: N/A
Language: English

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Plot: What's the story about?

Shaft is the next chapter in the film franchise featuring the coolest private eye on any New York City block. 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 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.

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Who stars in Shaft: Cast List

Almost Christmas, Independence Day Resurgence  

... John Shaft

The Avengers, Django Unchained  

Thelma, Moving On  

The Good Half, Barbie  

Scary Movie 4, Girls Trip  

80 For Brady, To Leslie  

Transformers 4: Age of Extinction, Man on a Ledge  

How I Learned to Fly, Future World  

Who's making Shaft: Crew List

A look at the Shaft behind-the-scenes crew and production team. The film's director Tim Story last directed The Blackening and Tom and Jerry. The film's writer Kenya Barris last wrote White Men Can't Jump and You People.


Tim Story


John Davis

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Production: What we know about Shaft?

Key Facts

  1. It will be distributed in North America by Warner Bros. Pictures, and internationally by Netflix (2/7/19).
  2. Jessie T. Usher will play the progeny of detective John Shaft whom will once again be played by Samuel L. Jackson (, 8/17/17).
  3. says the idea is to reinvigorate the franchise with a focus on the son of the cool private eye who always finds himself navigating the gray terrain between the law and organized crime in New York City (1/20/17).
  4. Reboot of the 2000 film. Based on the 1971 film written by Ernest Tidyman and John D.F. Black.

Filming Timeline

  1. 2019 - March: The film was set to Completed  status.
  2. 2018 - November: The film was set to Post-Production  status.
  3. 2017 - November: The film was set to Production  status.

    Starts filming December 2017.

  4. 2017 - August: The film was set to Pre-Production  status.

    Gearing up to begin production in late 2017.

  5. 2017 - January: The film was set to Development  status.

    Ride Along 2 director Tim Story is on-board to direct the reboot of Shaft.

  6. 2015 - February: The film was set to Announced  status.

    New Line has acquired the rights to the Shaft franchise and is developing a reboot.

Shaft Release Date: When was the film released?

Shaft was a Nationwide release in 2019 on Friday, June 14, 2019. There were 19 other movies released on the same date, including The Dead Don't Die, Men in Black: International and American Woman.

Shaft DVD & Blu-ray Release Date: When was the film released?

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Shaft was released on DVD & Blu-ray on Tuesday, September 24, 2019 .

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