Shaft Parent Guide Triple the Shafts, triple the body count. Release date June 14, 2019 John Shaft Junior gets wrapped up in the investigation of a friends strange demise, and reaches out to his father, private detective John Shaft, for help. Why is Shaft rated R? The MPAA rated Shaft R for pervasive language, violence, sexual content, some drug material and brief nudity. News About "Shaft" Cast and Crew Shaft is directed by Tim Story and stars Samuel L. Jackson, Avan Jogia, and Alexandra Shipp.