New Line Cinema already has quite the star-studded cast for the upcoming reboot of the 1970’s detective film franchise “Shaft”, including the likes of Samuel L. Jackson and Jessie T. Usher. It has just been announced however that Wu-Tang Clan rapper Cliff “Method Man” Smith has been added to the roster according to The Hollywood Reporter.
For those who are too young to remember, “Shaft” is a film from 1971 starring Richard Roundtree about a private detective John “Shaft” who is hired to rescue a Harlem mobster’s daughter who has been kidnapped.
The film did so well that it earned $13 million (which was a lot of money for a film made in 1971) at the Box Office, won the Academy Award for the best original song, and in 2000 was added to the United States National Film Registry. Following that, Jackson took the role of the nephew of Roundtree’s original Shaft in an updated reboot of the film that came out the same year.
In the upcoming reboot sequel, Usher has been cast to play Jackson’s Shaft’s son, who ends up finding himself having to work with his dad after having been estranged from him for a long while. So far, very little information about the role Smith will be playing has been released, but it is said that he will be playing an old friend of John Shaft from the neighborhood.
This is nowhere near the first time that Smith has acted. He has also had numerous acting roles throughout his career, appearing in TV shows like The Deuce and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit as well as films like Garden State.
Giving the cast even more star power, Regina Hall, Alexandra Shipp, and even the original Shaft, Richard Roundtree, are set to appear. The film is set to be released June 14, 2019.