Chris Hemsworth is in early talks to star in a ‘Men in Black’ reboot for Sony Pictures which is set to be helmed by F. Gary Gray.
The 34-year-old actor – who is best known for starring as Thor in the Marvel Cinematic Universe – is reportedly attached to star in the reboot of the Sony Pictures sci-fi action-comedy, The Hollywood Reporter say.
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.
F. Gary Gray – who helmed last year’s ‘Fate of the Furious’ movie – is due to helm the new film which has been penned by ‘Iron Man’ scribes Matt Holloway and Art Marcum.
The original trilogy – which was kicked off back in 1997 – starred Tommy Lee Jones and Will Smith as Agents K and J and follows the two unofficial government agents who investigate a series of unregistered alien encounters.
The first movie – which was helmed by Barry Sonnenfeld – was an international success earning $589 million at the global box office and spawned the two sequels – one in 2002 and one in 2012.
Altogether, the entire franchise made more than $1.5 billion worldwide.
But Sony has revealed that the new reboot will feature new characters and will build on the sci-fi world in which the ‘Men in Black’ operate and will be a global adventure rather than just New York City, where the original trilogy took place.
Sources said the studio is looking to have a diverse cast and are reportedly looking for the leads to be a white male, a female of colour and an older man.
Steven Spielberg will be returning to the franchise as the executive producer with Walter F. Parkes and Laurie MacDonald are back as producers.
Hemsworth has recently reprised his role as the God of Thunder in ‘Thor: Ragnorak’ and will be seen as the iconic Marvel Comics character in the upcoming ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ and ‘Avengers 4’.