That ‘Men in Black’ Reboot is Really Happening, Liam Neeson Joins Cast

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brian-mcgee - May 23, 2018

Two or three years ago, Sony desperately announced that they would be mashing up two of their biggest franchises—Men in Black and Jump Street—into a gigantic crossover action comedy flick. As time went on, the Jump Street portion of that faded and it became a Men in Black reboot. And it's coming, whether we want it or not.

Several months ago it was announced that Thor: Ragnarok co-stars Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson would be stepping into the respective roles of grizzled vet and wide-eyed newcomer, archetypes previously played by Tommy Lee Jones and Will Smith.

Now we've learned that Fate of the Furious and Straight Outta Compton director F. Gary Gray is stepping behind the camera, and Comic Book Movie brings us the first official poster for the film, seen below...

Far out. Now Variety is reporting that Liam Neeson is joining the cast to play the head of the UK branch of MIB. The cast is about the only saving grace of this project, as far as I can tell. F. Gary Gray's last attempt at directing a comedy was 2005's Be Cool, and obnoxious sequel to Get Shorty, which like the previous MIB films, was also directed by Barry Sonnenfeld.

Check out the cast of Be Cool, strictly on paper and you'll understand why I think this is doomed to fail: John Travolta, Uma Thurman, The Rock Johnson, Vince Vaughn, Harvey Keitel, Danny DeVito, Cedric the Entertainer... You'd think that would be a good movie. You'd likewise think a movie with Chris Hemsworth, Tessa Thompson, and Liam Neeson would be good, and I'd caution you for assuming as much.

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