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People are pretty pumped about seeing Samuel L. Jackson without an eyepatch in Captain Marvel, but now the actor has given fans another reason to get excited about the actor. Jackson is set to return as Shaft and this week we saw the first look at the character and the new cast. Check it out.
The new Shaft is bringing back Samuel L. Jackson as John Shaft II, but the story is expected to focus on his kid, John Shaft Jr. The son of Shaft will convince his dad to help after his friend dies under odd circumstances. Eventually, the original Shaft will also get involved in the story, which initially rolled with the tile Son of Shaft.
As you can see in the image, Richard Roundtree and Samuel L. Jackson will both be back reprising their roles and Jessie Usher is on board as John Shaft III. Alexandra Shipp is the actress factoring into the first look image. This isn't the first time the three generations of Shaft actors have taken a photo together, but it is our best look at the cast in costume.
I've previously mentioned Captain Marvel and Shaft, but Samuel L. Jackson is going to be a busy guy in 2019. He's notably doing M. Night Shyamalan's Glass in January. He's in Captain Marvel in March and listed for Spider-Man: Far From Home in July. He's in a movie called The Last Full Measure and has The Banker coming next year as well.
Shaft is expected to come out in June. A sequel to The Hitman's Bodyguard called The Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard is also in the works.
Let's just reflect on this for a minute. The average movie star--like a-list person who is in demand for big roles--usually does one movie a year, maybe two. Samuel L. Jackson is doing six. Six!
The dude's 70 years old. If he were a regular plebeian he'd be sitting around and tinkering with his BBQ recipe or some other old dude trope at this point, but instead he's going to be busier than he was at many of the other points in his career.
For the new Shaft, he's even teaming up with Richard Roundtree for an epic movie event. Although reboots and remakes are becoming more and more common, this one in particular has a lot going for it, especially in regards to its cast. That's why it's so crazy that Shaft may not even be Samuel L. Jackson's most anticipated movie next year.
You can take a look at all of the projects the actor has coming with our full movie schedule. In addition, you can catch Shaft when it officially hits theaters on June 14, 2019.