Tessa Thompson joins cast of ‘Men in Black’ spin-off

The “Thor: Ragnarok” actress has signed up for the Sony Pictures movie.

Tessa Thompson

Tessa Thompson

Thompson, whose films include  Tina Mabry’s 2009 indie film “Mississippi Damned”  Tyler Perry’s “For Colored Girls” and the civil rights activist Diane Nash in the Ava Durvernay directed historical drama “Selma” has signed up for Sony Pictures’ “Men in Black” spin-off.  The ensemble piece will be directed F. Gary Gray from a screenplay by Art Marcum and Matt Holloway.

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

Loosely adapted from The Men in Black comic book series created by Lowell Cunningham and Sandy Carruthers, the first film starred Tommy Lee Jones and Will Smith as two agents of a secret organization called the Men in Black, who supervise extraterrestrial lifeforms who live on Earth. The first film, Men in Black, was released in 1997, the second film, Men in Black II, in 2002, and the third film, Men in Black 3 was released in 2012. In September of 2017, it was reported that the studio is fast-tracking a spin-off movie with younger actors, and a plot handling the invasion of aliens on a global scale.

“Neither Will 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.”

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