With production due to kick off on Sony’s upcoming MEN IN BLACK spin-off later this month in London, the remainder of the cast is coming together, and THR has reported that Emma Thompson is the latest to join up. Hold on, wasn’t Emma Thompson already in a MEN IN BLACK movie? You’re absolutely right. Thompson previously appeared in MEN IN BLACK 3 as Agent O, the chief of the Men in Black organization who took over after the death of Zed (Rip Torn), and although plot and character details are mostly being kept under wraps, it seems that Thompson will be reprising the role of Agent O for the new film.
Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson are set to star in the MEN IN BLACK spin-off as they step into a larger world of aliens and galactic mysteries, and they’ll be joined by Kumail Nanjiani, Rafe Spall, Liam Neeson, and the street-dancing duo Les Twins. FATE OF THE FURIOUS director F. Gary Gray will be helming the project from a script by Matt Holloway and Art Marcum. Plot details are fairly scarce, but there have been rumours that the spin-off will find “Tessa Thompson’s Em try to prove herself by joining the London MIB and will be paired with Chris Hemworth’s Agent H. The pair will become involved in a murder mystery that will lead to them on a global journey.” Take that with a grain of salt for now, but we’ll likely learn more about the film once production begins.
While speaking on the AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR red-carpet earlier this year, Hemsworth spilled a few details about the project, which he’s hoping will be “epic and fun” as well as different from the previous sequels.
We’re developing the script now. We’re basically trying to put a lot of humor in to it like the previous ones. These are obviously some big big shoes to fill, so we’re working our butts off on it to make something pretty epic and fun. They’re trying to change up the locations, make it feel unique and different to the last ones as well. So I think you might even see some different countries, possibly. Some different cities than you’ve seen in the previous Men In Black movies.
Chris Hemsworth also seems as though he’s looking forward to sharing the screen with Tessa Thompson again, saying, “Oh, she’s incredible, great sense of humor, great heart. A lot of fun, we really just had the best time on Thor, and having the opportunity to work together again was a no brainer.” Thompson also chimed to praise the fantastic script. “I really love those movies. I think they hold up. I watched them again recently. I really love them,” Thompson said. “And it is taking the ‘Men In Black’ franchise and setting it now and making it global in scope. It is like an international team so you get to see sort of agents across the globe.“
The MEN IN BLACK spinoff is set for a June 14, 2019 release.