'Men in Black 4': Emma Thompson to reprise her role as Agent O in upcoming sequel
The movie, currently in the process of filming, includes a star cast of Thompson, Chris Hemsworth, Tessa Thompson, Liam Neeson and Kumail Nanjiani.
For those still living under a rock, there's a new Men in Black movie in production. And with all of the filming taking place mostly in London, fans were really hoping that Emma Thompson would reprise her role as Agent O. And guess what? It has now been confirmed that Thompson is going to return to running the alien-policing organization in the upcoming sequel.
The movie, which is already in the process of shooting in the UK, stars Chris Hemsworth as one of the agents, and joining him will be his 'Thor: Ragnarok' co-star Tessa Thompson who plays the role of an aspirant looking to join the team.
F Gary Gray is helming the project which has been quite secretive when it comes to the details of the plot. What we do know is that the film will follow the franchise's signature style of fusing comedy with action and that our beloved Emma Thompson will be dishing out orders as Agent O.
The cast also includes Liam Neeson and Kumail Nanjiani, the 'Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom' bad guy Rafe Spall and also the star street-dancing duo Les Twins, aka Laurent Nicolas Bourgeois and Larry Nicolas Bourgeois. The movie is based on a script by Art Marcum and Matt Holloway.
The movie will rebrand the Men in Black franchise "on a bigger and more global scale," writes The Hollywood Reporter. As for Thompson herself, upcoming projects include 'Johnny English Strikes Again' — which releases on October 5 — and also voice roles in 'The Voyage Of Doctor Dolittle' and in 'Missing Link'.
Her recent credits include 'Last Christmas', which was reportedly inspired by the George Michael song of the same name. In an interview with RadioTimes.com, Thompson’s co-writer Bryony Kimmings revealed that Michael had collaborated on the movie prior to his death in 2016.
Kimmings, who had written the first draft of the screenplay back in January, told the outlet that the movie was “based on the song 'Last Christmas'” and that the brains behind the idea of the film were Thompson, Michael and Thompson’s husband Greg Wise.
“When I came on board, George was up for it, he’d already signed something to say yes, but he’d passed away,” Kimmings shared, “and Greg and Emma were still very keen to write it.”
The performance artist had also shared how she had put a "trans lead" in the original draft - which had been inspired by Michael's advocacy work for gay rights. “[When] I wrote my draft, I tried to slip in some trans people and make sure there was queer politics in there,” Kimmings told RadioTimes.com. “I don’t know how much of that remains!”
'Men in Black 4' is set to hit the theatres on June 14 2019.