Liam Neeson, one of the most iconic actors working today, is in negotiations to join Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson in Sony’s Men in Black reboot/spin-off, insiders tell Variety. F. Gary Gray, who previously directed Straight Outta Compton and The Fate of the Furious, is on board to helm the project.
Neeson will play the head of the U.K. branch of the agency. Rip Torn portrayed the head of the American division in the original franchise films.
The studio fast-tracked the project earlier this fall, signing Matt Holloway and Art Marcum (Iron Man, Transformers: The Last Knight) to pen the script and setting a May 17, 2019, release.
The first feature chronicled Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones, who played agents of a secret organization known as the Men in Black and protected Earth from intergalactic villains. The first film was huge hit in 1997 and produced two more commercially successful sequels.
Walter F. Parkes and Laurie MacDonald are producing, with Steven Spielberg executive producing. David Beaubaire is overseeing the film for Sony.
The role would be a change of pace for the veteran star, who is known more for his tough-as-nails action roles in movies like the Taken franchise, Non-Stop, and, most recently, The Commuter.
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