There were rumors well over a year ago that Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones were interested in suiting up and doing another Men In Black movie. Then, back in April of this year, it was revealed at the Sony ShoWest presentation that the studio was developing a script for Men In Black 3.
A few months later, it was revealed that a writer had been found to pen the script for MIB3: Etan Cohen. Cohen co-wrote Tropic Thunder as well as King of the Hill and Beavis and Butt-Head (he’s not to be confused with Ethan Coen, one half of the famous Coen brothers). However, there was still no deal put in place officially for Smith and Jones to return, but as stated, they’ve both shown interest. Now we have learned of another actor possiblyo joining the cast, none other than No Country for Old Men star, Josh Brolin.
According to the LA Times Hero Complex, Brolin is being considered for a role in Men In Black 3 that would see him donning the black suit and shades. There’s no word on which role he’ll be playing exactly, but that doesn’t stop the speculative discussion 😛 . There’s word of a few possibilities of his role: one is that he’d play another agent with a single letter (Jones is K/Kay, Smith is J/Jay) whom Jones’ character would kind of “pass the baton” onto. Another possibility is that he would play Agent K as a younger man (does that mean no Jones this time?). That’s just a couple of possibilities and I’ll let you speculate as to what the rest could be…
Whatever his role, if Brolin signs on he’ll have a star-powered shadow hanging over him as Smith is expected to return to reprise his role of Agent J who he played in the first two installments.
There’s also the issue of scheduling that puts a question mark over his involvement. Although two fairly big projects he’s starring in – Jonah Hex and Wall Street 2: Money Never Sleeps – have already finished shooting, he continues to be a very hard working and busy actor, having already signed up for two more roles in films that could very well shoot in the first part of 2010: the Coen brothers’ remake/new adaptation of True Grit and the Mafia crime-drama, Cartel.
Of course, the Men In Black series, with just two films, has racked up over $1 billion at the worldwide box office (I know! Hard to believe, eh?) and so if the studio really wants Brolin, they may make him an offer he can’t refuse… an offer of A LOT of money, that is.
Casting aside, it appears that even though the studio hasn’t officially greenlit MIB 3 quite yet, a shooting start of sometime in 2010 is being eyed. At least for the moment, it’s being said that Barry Sonnenfield, who helmed the first two, will return to direct the third installment in the popular sci-fi/comedy series.
Would you like to see Brolin star in MIB 3? What role do you think he’s being considered for: a new agent to take over from Jones’ Agent K, playing that character as younger or another role entirely?
As stated, Men In Black 3 may start shooting sometime in 2010. We’ll keep you posted if and when the project gets officially greenlit, and keep you updated on the exact planned shooting and release date.
Source: LA Times Hero Complex