F. Gary Gray (The Fate of the Furious) is poised to direct from a script by Iron Man scribes Matt Holloway and Art Marcum. Walter F. Parkes and Laurie MacDonald are producing, while Steven Spielberg will return to executive produce. Sony’s David Beaubaire will oversee the project for the studio, which is due to release the new MIB movie on June 14, 2019.
The new Men in Black movie is expected to pair Hemsworth with a black female lead, as well as an older male of unspecified ethnicity. Either way, original stars Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones are not expected to return to the franchise, which has grossed more than $1.6 billion over three films.
Frankly, this is a smart decision by Sony, and should a deal close, a good decision for Hemsworth, who could use another franchise. Hemsworth’s dramatic chops remain a bit shaky (Blackhat, anyone?) but he has developed a real flair for comedy between the Ghostbusters and Vacation reboots, not to mention Taika Waititi’s Thor: Ragnarok, which is rife with laughs. Heck, Hemsworth even registered in those dopey Dundee ads that wound up promoting tourism in Australia.
Hemsworth is cut from a similar mold as Smith, as he can handle both action, comedy and romance. There are only so many guys who pose that kind of triple-threat. Chris Pratt and Ryan Reynolds are two of them. He’s also well-liked around town. Seriously, I have never heard anyone say anything bad about Hemsworth. If Sony plays this right, forget Men in Black… they could have another Jumanji on their hands.
It’ll all come down to the imagination of the script and Hemsworth’s comic chemistry with his co-star. Girls Trip star Tiffany Haddish seems to be the fan favorite judging by my Twitter replies, but I think Insecure star Issa Rae would make the perfect foil for the Aussie hunk, though what do I know?
Hemsworth will reprise his signature role as Thor in Avengers: Infinity War. He most recently starred in 12 Strong, and he’ll also be seen in Drew Goddard’s Bad Times at the El Royale. He’s represented by CAA, and the Hollywood Reporter broke the news.
Jeff Sneider | Editor in Chief