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Michael Stuhlbarg Joins 'Men in Black 3' (Exclusive)

Michael Stuhlbarg
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Michael Stuhlbarg, one of the key players on HBO’s Boardwalk Empire and the star of the Coen brothersA Serious Man, has been cast in Men In Black 3.

Will Smith and Josh Brolin lead the cast of the third installment of Columbia’s sci-fi comedy being directed by Barry Sonnenfeld and currently in production. The 3D movie is scheduled for a May 25, 2012 release.   The studio isn’t revealing too many details about the film, although it is known to feature a time travel element, allowing Brolin to play a young Tommy Lee Jones and Alice Eve, a young Emma Thompson, as the MIB agents try to save the world in 1969.   Stuhlbarg will play a character called “Griffin." Sharlto Copley circled the role late last year, but a deal never materialized.   The actor, repped by ICM and Viking Entertainment, plays gangster Arnold Rothstein in Boardwalk Empire. He will next be seen on the big-screen in Hugo Cabret, Martin Scorsese’s adaptation of the children’s book by Brian Selznick.