"Shaft" is a 2019 American action comedy film directed by Tim Story.
The starring cast includes Samuel L. Jackson, Jessie T. Usher as JJ Shaft, Regina Hall as Maya Babanikos, Alexandra Shipp as Sasha Arias, Richard Roundtree, Matt Lauria as Major Gary Cutworth, Titus Welliver as Special Agent Vietti, Avan Jogia as Karim Hassan, Cliff "Method Man" Smith, Isaach de Bankolé and others.

Here are "Shaft" movie trailer, plot summary, full cast and characters, release date, streaming services and everything we know so far.


Is there a trailer for Shaft movie?

Warner Bros. Pictures on Tuesday, June 04, 2019 released the trailer for "Shaft" you can watch here:
SHAFT - Restricted Trailer .

Plot summary

What is Shaft movie plot?

Here is a short review of "Shaft" movie plot summary.

In 1989, NYPD Detective John Shaft II, his wife Maya (Regina Hall), and his infant son John "JJ" Shaft III survive an assassination attempt by drug lord Pierro "Gordito" Carrera. Concerned that Shaft's lifestyle will put them in danger, Maya moves upstate and raises JJ (Jessie T. Usher) on her own. Twenty-five years later, Shaft has quit the NYPD to become a PI and JJ is a rookie FBI analyst and cybersecurity expert with a degree from MIT. After Karim, his childhood friend and former US Army soldier, is said to have died because of a heroin overdose, JJ concludes he must have been murdered. JJ travels to Harlem to investigate Manuel, the drug dealer who sold the heroin that Karim allegedly bought, but is violently ejected from his property. While being treated for a minor injury in the hospital by doctor Sasha (Alexandra Shipp), JJ's other childhood friend and his unrequited crush, 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 his father for aid. Shaft agrees to help after realizing that JJ's case may lead him to Gordito (Isaach De Bankolé).
The two begin investigating together, but JJ's progressive white collar outlook on life clashes with Shaft's old-school street ways. After confronting Manuel, the Shafts investigate "Brothers Watching Brothers", the drug rehab clinic Karim helped founded with fellow ex-soldiers Cutworth, Williams and Dominguez. 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.


Who plays who in the Shaft movie cast?

Here is the full cast and characters of "Shaft" movie. Actors and actresses are sorted mostly in credits order.

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

Release date

When is Shaft movie release date?

"Shaft" movie release date was scheduled to be on June 14, 2019 (United States, United Kingdom) distributing by Warner Bros. Pictures (United States), Netflix (International), New Line Cinema, HBO Max, Warner Bros. Digital Distribution and Warner Bros. Digital Networks.


What are Shaft filming details?

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

"Shaft" movie is rated "R", according to the MPAA film rating system.


What are critics and audiences saying about Shaft movie?

"Shaft" movie got average rating from critics. IMDB rating is 6.4/10. Rotten Tomatoes rating is 34/100. Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "A" on a scale ranging from A+ to F.

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