Rafe Spall and Kumail Nanjiani Join ‘Men in Black’ Film

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The “Men in Black” franchise has clearly been an important property to Sony Pictures. Over the past few years, news has continually bubbled up about the new spin-off currently being developed. The film has already grabbed three certified stars in Chris Hemsworth, Tessa Thompson, and Liam Neeson. Now, it sounds like the new “Men in Black” film is filling out its cast.

Rafe SpallAccording to The Wrap, two more actors joined the project. Rafe Spall and Kumail Nanjiani will be joining the ensemble, although nothing has been revealed about their characters. Spall is coming off a villainous turn in the box office juggernaut “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” this summer. He also received praise for his lead performance in “The Ritual” for Netflix. Meanwhile, Nanjiani has been a shining star in the industry. He received an Oscar nomination with his wife, Emily V. Gordon last year.  He also continues to light up television with “Silicon Valley” on HBO.

Given the cast that is assembling, the new entry in the “Men in Black” universe looks to continue its comedic ways. The original trilogy, starring Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones, did an excellent job in capturing the tone of the franchise. The weird and questionable humor was ultimately what held back subsequent sequels. That said, it is easy to imagine Nanjiani in a slew of roles opposite Hemsworth, especially in a comedic setting. It might be a little frustrating to box Spall into the role of the villain again, but if utilized correctly, Spall is talented enough to shine.

What do you think of Kumail Nanjiani and Rafe Spall joining the “Men in Black” spin-off? Who else would you like to see join the project? Let us know in the comments below! 

The currently untitled “Men in Black” project is slated for a June 14th, 2019 release. Sony Pictures will distribute the film. 

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Written by Alan French

Alan French is a movie buff, a TV lover, and a sports fanatic. His favorite TV shows are 'Parks and Recreation,' 'Rick and Morty' and 'Game of Thrones.' He's also a Spielberg fanatic. You can find him on Twitter and Medium @TheAlanFrench.


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