9:28am PT by Aaron Couch
Rebecca Ferguson Joining 'Men in Black' Spinoff
After spending time with IMF agents in Mission: Impossible — Fallout, Rebecca Ferguson is taking on another top secret agency.
Ferguson is set to appear in Sony's Men in Black spinoff, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.
Fate of the Furious filmmaker F. Gary Gray is directing an ensemble cast that includes Chris Hemsworth, Tessa Thompson, Liam Neeson, Les Twins, Kumail Nanjiani, Rafe Spall, and Emma Thompson as the head of the secret agency.
Art Marcum and Matt Holloway penned the script for the Men in Black spinoff, which aims to push the franchise — originally starring Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones as alien fighting secret agents — into a bigger, global scale. Original Men in Black producers Walter F. Parkes and Laurie MacDonald are back as producers, while Steven Spielberg returns as executive producer.
Sony has the spinoff dated for a June 14, 2019 release.
Ferguson is coming off her role as former MI6 agent Ilsa Faust in Mission: Impossible — Fallout, which earned a franchise best $61.5 million last weekend at the North American box office, in addition to strong praise for her action-heavy performance. She is also set to appear in Doctor Sleep, Warner Bros.' sequel to The Shining.
Ferguson is represented by Carter Cohn and Adam Schweitzer at ICM and Charles Collier at Tavistock Wood.