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, his wife Maya Babanikos, and his infant son John "JJ" Shaft Jr. survive an assassination attempt by drug lord Pierro "Gordito" Carrera. Concerned that Shaft II's lifestyle will put them in danger, Maya leaves him and raises JJ on her own. 25 years later, JJ is an FBI agent and a cybersecurity expert with a degree from MIT. After his childhood friend Karim 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, 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. The next day, Sasha accompanies JJ and Shaft II to investigate the mosque, where they are removed from the premises after the imam notices JJ's FBI badge. Shaft II convinces JJ and Sasha to have a romantic dinner together, and the Shafts next investigate a convenience store owned by a woman named Bennie Rodriguez who donated $500,000 to the mosque. Maya calls JJ to inform him that she is coming to New York to meet a man for a date; she is overheard and followed by Shaft II. The Shafts, each on his own date, survive two separate assassination attempts orchestrated by Bennie, and Maya forces Shaft II to kick JJ out of the investigation for his own safety.


Samuel L. Jackson
John Shaft, a detective turned private investigator, father of JJ and son of the original John Shaft
Jessie T. Usher
John "JJ" Shaft Jr., an FBI agent, estranged son of the younger Shaft and grandson of the original Shaft
Regina Hall
Maya Babanikos, Shaft II's ex-wife and JJ's mother
Alexandra Shipp
Sasha Arias, JJ's childhood friend and love interest
Richard Roundtree
John Shaft, Sr., legendary private investigator, father of Jackson's Shaft
Matt Lauria
Major Gary Cutworth
Titus Welliver
Special Agent Vietti
Method Man
Freddy P (as Cliff 'Method Man' Smith)
Avan Jogia
Karim Hassan, JJ's childhood friend
Robbie Jones
Sergeant Keith Williams
Leland L. Jones
Ron (as Leland Jones)
Adrienne C. Moore
Ms. Pepper
Isaach De Bankolé
Pierro 'Gordito' Carrera
Luna Lauren Velez
Bennie Rodriguez (as Luna Lauren Vélez)
Aaron Dominguez
Staff Sergeant Eddie Dominguez
Ian Casselberry
Manuel Orozco
Almeera Jiwa
Amato D'Apolito
Farik Bahar
Jalyn Hall
Harlem Kid
Sylvia Jefferies
Once Beautiful Woman
Whit Coleman
Butch Lesbian Girl
Chivonne Michelle
Tashiana Washington
Philip Fornah
Jacked Dude
Laticia Lee
Cocktail Waitress (as Laticia Rolle)
Ryan King Scales
Male Secretary
Tywayne Wheatt
Portly Doorman
Kenny Barr
Cop (Thomas)
Mike Dunston
News Anchor
Jordan Preston Carter
5-8 Year Old JJ
Nyah Marie Johnson
5-8 Year Old Sasha
Joey Mekyten
5-8 Year Old Karim
Sawyer Schultz
Mike Mitchell
Esmeree Sterling
Cute Bartender
Jose Miguel Vasquez
FBI Employee
Gabriel 'G-Rod' Rodriguez
Keith Brooks
Drunk Disorderly Man
DominiQue MrsGiJane Williams
Beautiful Woman
Michael Shikany
Older Man in Mosque
Lucia Scarano
Lady in Line
Greta Quispe
Heather Seiffert
Charles Green
Hallway Man
Dorothi Fox
Old Lady Neighbor
Shakur Sozahdah
Justin Carmouche
Production Assistant


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 112 minutes. With a budget of $30 - 35 million, the film grossed over $21.4 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:

IMDB: Shaft

Wikipedia: Shaft (2019 film)

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