Shaft is a 2019 American action comedy film directed by Tim Story.

Official trailers

Warner Bros. Pictures on Tuesday, June 04, 2019 released the trailer:
SHAFT - Restricted Trailer .

Story intro

In 1989, John Shaft II (Samuel L. Jackson), his wife Maya Babanikos (Regina Hall), and his infant son John "JJ" Shaft Jr. survive an assassination attempt by drug lord Pierro "Gordito" Carrera (Isaach de Bankolé). Concerned that Shaft II's lifestyle will put them in danger, Maya leaves him and raises JJ on her own. 25 years later, JJ (Jessie Usher) is an FBI agent and a cybersecurity expert with a degree from MIT. After his childhood friend Karim (Avan Jogia) dies of a heroin overdose, JJ concludes he must have been murdered. JJ travels to Harlem to investigate Manuel, the drug dealer who runs the neighborhood and sold the heroin that allegedly killed Karim, but is violently ejected from his property. While being treated for a minor injury in the hospital by JJ's other childhood friend and his own crush Sasha (Alexandra Shipp), he shows her Karim's toxicology report. She notes that the amount of heroin in Karim's system would have killed him long before he could have taken that much by himself, suggesting that he was indeed murdered. With no other recourse, JJ turns to Shaft II for aid. Shaft II agrees to help after realizing that JJ's case may lead him to Gordito. The two begin investigating together, but JJ's progressive white collar outlook on life clashes with Shaft II's old-school street ways. After confronting Manuel again, the Shafts investigate "Brothers Watching Brothers", the drug rehab clinic Karim was a part of. There they learn that Karim stopped going to rehab in favor of attending services at a mosque currently under suspicion by the FBI for terrorism.


Samuel L. Jackson
John Shaft, a private investigator, father of JJ and son of the original John Shaft
Jessie Usher
John "JJ" Shaft Jr., an FBI agent, son of the younger Shaft and grandson of the original Shaft
Richard Roundtree
John Shaft, legendary private investigator, father of Jackson's Shaft II
Alexandra Shipp
Sasha Arias, JJ's childhood friend and love interest
Regina Hall
Maya Babanikos, Shaft II's ex-wife and JJ's mother
Matt Lauria
Major Gary Cutworth
Titus Welliver
Special Agent Vietti
Method Man
Freddie P
Isaach de Bankolé
Pierro 'Gordito' Carrera
Avan Jogia
Karim Hassan, JJ's childhood friend
Robbie Jones
Sergeant Keith Williams
Lauren Vélez
Bennie Rodriguez


The film Shaft was scheduled to be released on June 14, 2019 (United States, United Kingdom) by Warner Bros. Pictures (United States), Netflix (International), New Line Cinema, Warner Bros. Digital Distribution and Warner Bros. Digital Networks.

The duration of the film is 111 minutes. With a budget of $30 - 35 million, the film grossed over $20.8 million.

The film had received a "R" rating.


Shaft got average rating from critics. Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "A" on a scale ranging from A+ to F.

External links

Official website:

Wikipedia: Shaft (2019 film)

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