Tessa Thompson is joining her “Thor: Ragnarok” co-star Chris Hemsworth in Sony's “Men in Black” reboot, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
“Fate of the Furious” filmmaker F Gary Gray is set to direct the movie, written by “Iron Man” screenwriters Matt Holloway and Art Marcum. The studio has the film dated for a June 14, 2019 release.
Akin to how “Jurassic World” revived the Jurassic Park film series, Sony's reboot is to feature new characters rather than Agents K and J, portrayed by original trilogy stars Tommy Lee Jones and Will Smith respectively, and will build on the contemporary sci-fi world in which they operated.
Details are being kept hidden under a New York City ventilation tower, but sources say the new project is more of an ensemble piece than a two-hander and will be more global in scope.
Hemsworth's deal isn't closed but is expected to.
Walter F Parkes and Laurie MacDonald are back as producers, while Steven Spielberg is returning as executive producer.
In addition to her scene-stealing work as Asgardian warrior Valkyrie in “Ragnarok”, Thompson appeared in Alex Garland's recent sci-fi picture “Annihilation” and is currently shooting “Creed II”, returning for the boxing drama sequel along with Michael B. Jordan. This summer she'll star in “Annapurna's Sorry to Bother You” and has a prominent role in HBO's upcoming second season of “Westworld”, which launches this spring.
Source: Hollywood Reporter