Thor actor Chris Hemsworth could be trading in his iconic hammer for a suit, if the newest reports come to fruition. The Australian heartthrob is reportedly in talks to take a starring role in a new spinoff film from Sony’s Men in Black franchise.
Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones starred in the original three Men in Black films but the studio is now looking for ways to revitalize the brand.
Sources say the new film will follow the example set by 2015’s Jurassic World, which was technically a follow-up to the original Jurassic Park films but also charted a new path with new characters.
Hemsworth’s role would be part of a starring ensemble alongside “an older man” and “a woman of color” would go on a global adventure.
Fate of the Furious director F. Gary Gray is set to direct the film from a script by Iron Man scribes Matt Holloway and Art Marcum.
No other story details are available, other than the fact that the film will build on the world established in the first three films.
The original Men in Black was a worldwide phenomenon when it was released in 1997, earning close to $600 million dollars at the global box office.
Smith and Jones returned for a sequel in 2002 and, after a ten-year absence, made another appearance in 2012’s Men in Black 3.
The first film was based on a little-known comic book from the early 1990s, though numerous elements were changed and the tone became much more comedic.
Hemsworth is currently coming off of the films Thor: Ragnarok and the military romp 12 Strong before appearing in this summer’s Avengers: Infinity War and Bad Times at the El Royale later this year.
Sony’s new untitled Men in Black spinoff is slated for release in just over a year on June 14, 2019.