Liam Neeson, the Academy Award-nominated actor, is in talks to join Tessa Thompson, and Chris Hemsworth for Sony’s Men in Black franchise spinoff and reportedly will play the role of the head of the London branch of MIB.
F. Gary Gray will direct the project, the “Fate of the Furious” and “Straight Outta Compton” filmmaker while the story is written by Art Marcum and Matt Holloway, the screenwriters of “Iron Man” and “Transformers: The Last Knight.” Laurie MacDonald and Walter Parkes, are back and will be producing the new film along with executive producer Steven Spielberg. It is said that the movie is slated for a June 14, 2019 release.
Thompson and Hemsworth will not be playing the same world saving and alien fighting characters which were played by Tommy Lee Jones and Will Smith in the initial film series., however, the new film will have the same onscreen world.
The details of the new Men in Black’s plot are not available yet, but it said to be shot in London and will revolve around a combination of new characters which will be different than the first three series. Moreover, the characters to be played by Thompson and Hemsworth are also being kept under wraps.
The original Men in Black, which stars Smith and Jones, was released about twenty years ago, in 1997 and made a gross income of $589 million worldwide. The sequel of the movie Men in Black II, released in 2002, made a gross income of $441 million worldwide and did not accept a lot of appreciation from the audience as well as the critics. The 2012 Men in Black III got the franchise back on track and made an income of $642 million worldwide. Barry Sonnenfeld directed all the three parts of the movie.