Warner Bros. and New Line Cinema have released the trailer for the comedy sequel Barbershop: The Next Cut, the third film in the unlikely franchise. Over a decade after Barbershop 2: Back in Business attempted to capitalize on the success of director Tim Story’s first film, The Next Cut catches up with the crew of Calvin’s Barbershop a decade later with Ice Cube’s character overseeing some major changes at the establishment—particularly its now co-ed nature. Nicki Minaj, Regina Hall, Eve, and Jaszmine Lewis all join the fellas in the shop for this go-around, but the shop faces a larger issue in trying to salvage the community around it.
Penned by Kenya Barris (Black-ish) and Tracy Oliver (The Neighbors), the film has Malcolm D. Lee (The Best Man) stepping into the director’s chair. It’s interesting to see the franchise not only being revived, but pivoting into a female-driven direction and tackling timely issues. It’s a welcome reprieve from the simple cash-grab, and I’ll be curious to see if the third movie has similar success at the box office.
Check out the Barbershop: The Next Cut trailer below. The film also stars Cedric the Entertainer, Common, Sean Patrick Thomas, Anthony Anderson, Lamorne Morris, and JB Smoove. Barbershop: The Next Cut opens in theaters on April 15, 2016.
Here’s the official synopsis for Barbershop: The Next Cut:
It’s been more than 10 years since our last appointment at Calvin’s Barbershop. Calvin (Ice Cube) and his longtime crew, including Eddie (Cedric the Entertainer), are still there, but the shop has undergone some major changes. Most noticeably, our once male-dominated sanctuary is now co-ed. The ladies bring their own flavor, drama and gossip to the shop challenging the fellas at every turn. Despite the good times and camaraderie within the shop, the surrounding community has taken a turn for the worse, forcing Calvin and our crew to come together to not only save the shop, but their neighborhood.