March 1 (UPI) — Chris Hemsworth is reportedly in talks for a “Men in Black” spinoff movie.
The 34-year-old Australian actor is in early negotiations to star in the new Sony film, according to Variety.
Hemsworth would play a new agent in the movie, which is slated for release May 17, 2019. Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones, who starred in “Men in Black” (1997) and its two sequels, would not reprise their roles in the film.
The Hollywood Reporter said Sony hopes to assemble a “diverse ensemble cast.” The studio is reportedly eyeing a white male, a female of color and an older man to play the three lead roles.
“Straight Outta Compton” and “Fate of the Furious” director F. Gary Gray is in talks to helm the film, which is described as “a global adventure.” Matt Holloway and Art Marcum wrote the script, with Steven Spielberg to return as executive producer.
The original “Men in Black” is based on the comic book “The Men in Black,” which was initially published by Aircel Comics. The company was later bought by Malibu Comics, which itself was purchased by Marvel Comics.
Hemsworth is known for playing Thor in “Thor: Ragnarok” and other movies in the Marvel cinematic universe. He will next reprise the role in “Avengers: Infinity War,” which opens in theaters May 4.