*Regina Hall has joined the cast of New Line’s latest update in the “Shaft” franchise opposite Samuel L. Jackson and Jessie T. Usher, sources tell Variety.
Hall, who turns 47 today, will play a former girlfriend of John Shaft and the younger Shaft’s mother. Alexandra Shipp and the original Shaft, Richard Roundtree, round out the cast.
The story follows Usher, a nerdy FBI agent who, after his friend dies under suspicious circumstances, launches his own investigation, reluctantly enlisting help from his estranged father — the legendary, stuck-in-the-’80s-but-still-cool John Shaft (Jackson), the nephew of Roundtree’s O.G. John Shaft.
Tim Story is directing from a script by Kenya Barris and Alex Barnow. Barris and John Davis are producing. Marc Fischer and Ira Napoliello are exec producing.
The movie is due in theaters on June 14, 2019.
Hall most recently starred as a lead in the comedy hit “Girls Trip,” which is the highest-grossing comedy of 2017 with over $115 million in the U.S.