Emma Thompson (An Education) lends a sense of credibility to every project she joins, in part because most cinephiles tend to double as Anglophiles. Perhaps to combat the cynicism surrounding the sequel, Men in Black III seems to be aiming for that kind of credibility with the new cast members. No Country for Old Men put Josh Brolin on a lot of lists, in such a way that he’s even appeared to weather Jonah Hex from the way we continue to write about him. MIB 3 got him. Jemaine Clement (The Flight of the Conchords) commands a different kind of respect, but if he was chosen over Sacha Baron Cohen as reported, that seems more motivated by comedic sensibilities (broad goofy vs. deadpan goofy) than box office.
Well, Thompson is in talks to play Agent Oh, joining Agents Jay (Will Smith) and Kay (Tommy Lee Jones) as an MIB operative from the 60s. Hit the jump for more of what we know about the film at this stage.
Here’s a plot description from an early look at the script:
The general idea is that Yaz (Clement) travels back in time to kill Kay, which sets off a chain of events that ends in the destruction of the world… The film has Agent Jay sent back in time to 1969 where he teams up with a young Kay (Brolin) to stop Yaz from destroying the world in the future.
The script cited is an early draft, so some of the details may have changed. In fact, Etan Cohen (Tropic Thunder) wrote the first draft, but Variety omits any credit of his involvement in their latest report. They only mention David Koepp (Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull), who has been working on the latest draft of the screenplay since the summer. But the period-specificity of the character description of Agent Oh seems to confirm we’re still headed back in time.
Barry Sonnenfeld returns to direct the third installment in the Men in Black franchise, which hits 3D theaters May 25, 2012.