Release Date: June 12, 2019. Director: F. Gary Gray. Writers: Matt Holloway, Art Marcum. Stars: Chris Hemsworth, Tessa Thompson, Kumail Nanjiani.
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Who’s in the cast of Men in Black: International?
Emma Thompson is the only actor from the franchise to reprise her role in the new spin-off and will return to play Agent O, the chief of MIB worldwide.
Men in Black’s new cast will be led by Thor: Ragnarok stars Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson, who will reunite to play the sunglasses-wearing defenders of the galaxy alongside Liam Neeson.
Tessa Thompson plays Agent M, a new recruit to MIB who is partnered with Hemsworth’s Agent H after apparently spending 20 years tracking down the organization. Neeson plays High T, the chief of MIB London.
Rafe Spall joins the cast as Agent C, who is suspicious of Agent H’s past, while Rebecca Ferguson plays an alien called Riza and Kumail Nanjiani provides the voice for another extra-terrestrial known as Phony.
What is Men in Black: International about?
Unlike the US-centric trilogy of films, this new spin-off takes place around the world, from London and Paris to New York.
Men in Black: International introduces audiences to the UK-based team and is set in the MIB London headquarters, where a mole threatens the safety of the Earth.
Are the new Men In Black film any good?
Hemsworth and Thompson’s debut in the franchise has received fairly mixed to negative reviews so far, with the Guardian’s Peter Bradshaw going so far as to call the movie “galactically gormless” in his one-star review.
“More than anything else, International feels soulless,” IGN’s review said.
The first Men In Black was pleasingly grimy… At times, it was a gross-out comedy for the Nickelodeon generation. By comparison, International feels as sleek and clean as its weaponry, and loses a lot for it.”
F Gary Gray can be an innocent-humored produce an effect director and sometimes enlarged than cordial, but the scenes that should pop and pow unconditional the squealing tires, bared knuckles, and laser beams consistently slip flat, association the New York Times.
Many reviewers did praise the chemistry between stars Hemsworth and Thompson, however, noting their partnership as the film’s saving grace.
It lacks plan or extremity, but it’s savory and filling, proving (as if anyone yet needed proof) that Tessa Thompson and Chris Hemsworth are two of the most sociable movie stars in the galaxy, The Wraps review said.
You could cast Thompsworth in a studious film very roughly sawdust, and they’d still locate a mannerism to make it impressive. Put them in a film later massage production design, fun court case, and a very all right screenplay, and you’ve got a really usual, albeit superficial, summertime treat.
“By this point, the thermonuclear connection between Thompson and Hemsworth is what saves the day, more than anything their characters do,” Variety’s review agreed.
The original three Men in Black movies, which spanned 1997-2012, followed Agent J (Will Smith) – who accidentally found himself recruited to the MIB organization after nailing the application tests – and Agent K (Tommy Lee Jones) as they took out alien dissenters in American society.
The Men in Black films follow this order:
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Our original stars Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones in Men in Black: International?
Nope, Emma Thompson’s Agent O is the only character to reprise her role in the new spin-off (well, except Frank the Pug). But you will get a chance to see both Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones in cinemas this year, with Smith voicing the Genie in Aladdin (released on 22nd May) and Jones starring in a lead role in Ad Astra with Brad Pitt in September.
What happened to the Men in Black/Jump Street crossover?
Once upon a time, there were bonkers plans for a crossover between the Jump Street and Men in Black franchises – development work that came to light thanks to the Sony hack in 2014.
That project has since fallen through. Men in Black producer Walter Parkes recently told Collider that he “wasn’t surprised” that the script couldn’t “get there”.
“The two franchises have such utterly different tones,” he said. Jump Street takes deeply eternal cop things and plays it utterly out there and insane and broad, and we [in Men In Black] be of the same opinion chosen odd cop-sized fiction situations and undertaking a share it certainly straight, appropriately it was enormously hard to locate an express that worked but the theory of it was colossal.