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Chris Hemsworth in Talks to Star in Sony’s ‘Men in Black’ Spinoff

We reported earlier this month that Sony Pictures is fast-tracking a Men in Black spinoff movie with F. Gary Gray (Straight Outta Compton, The Fate of the Furious) set to direct. Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones will not be returning for the project; and with a May 17th, 2019 release date, the studio needs to find its new stars ASAP. It turns out, a top contender for a lead role has some prior experience dealing with aliens in the Marvel Cinematic Universe!

Variety reports that Chris Hemsworth is in early talks to star in the upcoming film. As Thor, Hemsworth has met his fair share of creatures. In addition to the PG-13 blockbuster action that Hemsworth is used to performing, Men in Black is known for its extraterrestrial-themed action comedy. Fortunately, he has experience with delivering laughs as well. Hemsworth last tickled America’s funny bone in Ghostbusters (2016) and Thor: Ragnarok. read more

‘Men in Black’ Returns in 2019; Gray a Choice to Direct

It appears that the Men in Black are……back.  Deadline is reporting that the comedy sci-fi franchise, which enjoyed massive box office success beginning in 1997, is scheduled to hit theaters once again in 2019.  They also report that F. Gary Gray (Friday, Straight Outta Compton) is being sought to direct the film, which is said to be a new film in the Men in Black universe and not necessarily a direct sequel.

Men in Black opened in 1997 to huge crowds and mammoth ticket sales, and enjoyed two sequels along the way.  The last sequel, Men in Black 3, premiered in 2012 and would represent the final cinematic team-up of its two leading men, Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones.  Sony, which is coming off another huge reboot success with Jumanji, is hoping the same success can follow the MIB franchise into the future.  This opportunity presents a possible clean slate for the story about covert government agents working to keep the presence of Earth’s aliens under wraps.  Neither Smith nor Jones is expected to be back, so Gray will most likely be working with a crew of young up-and-coming actors who can carve out their own niche. read more