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The first trailer for Shaft adds a new generation of Shaft to the mix

‘If James Bond were real, he’d think he was me’

No matter what kind of mileage you do or don’t get out of double entendres (et tu, “more Shaft than you can handle”), there’s no denying that the first trailer for Shaft is a heck of a lot of fun.

Starring Jessie T. Usher as John Shaft Jr., Samuel L. Jackson as his father John Shaft II, and Richard Roundtree as the O.G. John Shaft, Shaft comes after four movies and one TV series chronicling the exploits of the detective and the rest of his family tree.

This time around, it looks like the youngest Shaft is facing a steep learning curve when it comes to being “hotter than Bond [and] cooler than Bullitt,” as per the tagline to the original Shaft. A cybersecurity analyst with an aversion to violence, he’s a far cry from his father, but he seeks him out when his best friend dies under unusual circumstances. As the mystery unfolds, Shaft II’s uncle (Roundtree) is also drawn into the fray.

Directed by Tim Story (Ride Along), the film also stars Regina Hall, Alexandra Shipp, and Cliff “Method Man” Smith, and is set to hit theaters on June 14. Can you dig it?

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