Shaft isn’t the only blaxploitation coming back to theaters. Fast cars, fly women, and dope fashion are all revved up in the remake of the 1972 blaxploitation classic, Super Fly.
Dubbed Superfly, instead of the original name, the remake is being done at the hands of Director X and Sony Pictures Entertainment. The original film took place in Harlem, NY, but the remake has been diverted to the new mecca of entertainment, Atlanta, GA.
“In 1971, Harlem was the epicentre of black culture, it was basically what Atlanta is today,” explains the film’s director. Best-known for music videos for artists including Nicki Minaj, Rihanna, JAY-Z and Kanye West, Director X is putting a current spin on the music world and its transition to trap music.
The role of Youngblood Priest was originally played by Ron O’Neal. The character was a cocaine dealer trying to make one last deal and then get out. Grown-ish star, Trevor Jackson will be stepping into the role.
Accompanying Jackson in the film are Jason Mitchell (Straight Outta Compton), Michael Kenneth Williams, Lex Scott Davis, and Jennifer Morrison. The film also has a few celebrity cameos from Rick Ross and Big Boi, one half of iconic Atlanta group, Outkast.
And we can’t forget the soundtrack.
The original soundtrack was performed by legend, Curtis Mayfield with hits like Pusher Man, Freddie’s Dead, and title track Superfly. To keep with the trend of music evolution, the new version will be done by Atlanta’s own, rapper Future.
Superfly is scheduled to hit theaters June 15. Check out the trailer below.