It’s been nearly 12 years since we last visited Calvin’s Barbershop on the Southside of Chicago, but this April, the whole family is getting back together.
EW, People, and ESSENCE have your first look at Barbershop: The Next Cut, which reunites Ice Cube, Cedric the Entertainer, Eve, and the rest of the series cast, while adding a few new, but familiar, faces to the mix.
Common and Nicki Minaj are among the new employees at Calvin’s, with the latter playing a potential romantic rival to Eve’s character, Terri. According to director Malcolm D. Lee (The Best Man Holiday), Minaj opened herself up to some of the series veterans.
“Whatever suggestions Cedric and Cube had — whether it was for me or any newcomer to the movie — they were always about making the movie better,” Lee says. “I really appreciated, and I think Nicki did too. She’s a star in her own right. Here she is part of an ensemble, but she fell right in line with how we were going to make this movie and make it as good as we can.”
For a third go-around, there’s more than the shop on the line. As Chicago grows more and more dangerous due to gang violence, the crew from Calvin’s has to come together to help save the community and their own family.
Barbershop: The Next Cut is scheduled to hit theaters on April 15.