Men in Black spinoff to star Chris Hemsworth along with his Thor: Ragnarok co-actor Tessa Thompson

FP Staff

Mar 22, 2018 07:05:44 IST

Chris Hemsworth has been roped in by Sony Pictures to star in the Men in Black spinoff. And joining him in this film is his Thor: Ragnarok co-actor Tessa Thompson, as reported by The Hollywood Reporter.

Tessa Thompson (left) along with Chris Hemsworth in Thor: Ragnarok. Facebook

Tessa Thompson (left) along with Chris Hemsworth in Thor: Ragnarok. Facebook

The studio has also brought onboard director F Gary Gray (Fate of the Furious) to helm the project. Iron Man scribes Matt Holloway and Art Marcum have penned the script of the new film, adds the THR report.

While Hemsworth essays the role of Norse God Thor in the Marvel standalone films. He reprises the same role in the Avengers films since its first superhero ensemble flick The Avengers released in 2012. 2017's Thor: Ragnarok was the third installment of the Thor film series. Thompson played the role of the Asgardian warrior Valkyrie in the film.

Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones are not expected to return in the film, which is meant to launch a new franchise with fresh talent involved. THR's report also adds that the film will have more of an ensemble cast than

Sony had originally planned to combine the Men and Black and 21 Jump Street franchises, but have since shelved that idea.

Walter F Parkes and Laurie MacDonald are producing with Steven Spielberg executive producing. David Beaubaire is overseeing the project for Sony.

The original movie followed Smith and Jones, who played agents of a secret organisation, known as the Men in Black, and protected Earth from intergalactic bad guys.

The first film was a major critical and commercial success, and was followed by two more sequels. The three films hauled a cumulative $1.7 billion worldwide.

(With inputs from PTI)

Updated Date: Mar 22, 2018 19:11:15 IST