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Published On: Sun, Apr 8th, 2018

‘Ragnarok’ star Tessa Thompson joins Chris Hemsworth in ‘Men in Black’ film, Barry Sonnenfeld not attached

Thor: Ragnarok and Westworld actress Tessa Thompson has signed up for Sony Pictures’ Men in Black spin-off, which is said to be more of an ensemble piece than the previous films that starred Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones. F. Gary Gray is directing the pic from a screenplay by Art Marcum and Matt Holloway.

Barry Sonnenfeld, who directed the first blockbuster film and other successes, confirmed he’s not part of this project, more below.

Thompson will join fellow Ragnarok star Chris Hemsworth, who is already tagged to the film.

“Neither Smith nor Lee are expected to return, but the film builds on the contemporary sci-fi world they inhabited,” notes Deadline. “The MIB spinoff will expand on the original premise of a covert force policing the alien population hiding in plain sight on Earth with a new cast of agents.

“Walter F. Parkes and Laurie MacDonald are producing, and Steven Spielberg is serving as executive producer. David Beaubaire is overseeing the film for Sony, which has slated its release date for June 14 of next year.”

Insider recently interviewed Sonnenfed about his new Netflix series Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events and he revealed why he’s not part of this new film.

“The producers and I don’t really get along,” Sonnenfeld said. “It didn’t seem like it was something any of us wanted to do.”

“After Men in Black 3, it was pretty clear that Will and Tommy and I had sort of decided we didn’t want to do any more of those. It was a lot of fun. And I loved working with Will and Tommy. But they worked too hard and too long. We all just wanted to move on.”

The original film was directed by Barry Sonnenfeld and written by Ed Solomon from the comic book series created by Lowell Cunningham and Sandy Carruthers.

As mentioned, Men in Black 4 is set to arrive in theaters June 14, 2019.

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