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Jessie T. Usher is the Son of Shaft. Samuel L. Jackson and Richard Roundtree will return

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Jessie T. Usher (Independence Day: Resurgence) has been picked by New Line and director Tim Story to play the son of detective John Shaft in Son of Shaft. The script for the new film is by Kenya Barris.

Usher played the son of Will Smith’s character in Independence Day: Resurgence.

In Son of Shaft he will play the son of the detective, who, after long being estranged from his father, finds himself teamed up with him. The young man is an FBI agent, a cyber expert, and the partnership with dad is an uneasy collision of old school meets new school.

According to Deadline, Samuel L. Jackson is negotiating a deal to return to reprise the role he played in the John Singleton-directed reboot of the Gordon Parks-directed 1971 film.

Also returning will be Richard Roundtree, who starred in the original film and returned in the 2000 film, in which Jackson’s character played his nephew.

Production is set to begin this autumn.

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