Though Sony has yet to green light the production, Smith and Jones have agreed to reprise their roles as Agents J. and K., and Barry Sonnenfeld, who directed the first two films, has"tentatively" agreed to a third, according to a report in The L.A. Times. Josh Brolin -- known for playing a crafty good 'ol boy in 2007's 'No Country for Old Men,' and a painfully less crafty good 'ol boy in 2008's 'W' -- is in talks to join Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones in the third installment of the 'Men In Black' franchise.
Though Sony has yet to green light the production, Smith and Jones have agreed to reprise their roles as Agents J. and K., and Barry Sonnenfeld, who directed the first two films, has"tentatively" agreed to a third, according to a report in The L.A. Times.
With upcoming roles in the Coen brothers' 'True Grit' remake and Oliver Stone's 'Wall Street 2,' Brolin has proved himself a versatile actor who can swing between drama and action, unafraid to dip into comedy as we saw in 'W' (and, let's never forget, 'The Goonies'), but is the dark, quirky, CGI world of 'MIB' the best fit?
The nature of Brolin's role hasn't been decided yet (A villain? An agent? A younger K.?), but the fact remains: 'MIB' films have struggled to integrate new, major characters into its world. Lara Flynn-Boyle's Serleena couldn't find room to shine as a truly menacing villain in 'Men in Black 2', and attempts to shoe-horn Rosario Dawson into the sequel as Agent J.'s love interest/secret, extraterrestrial princess, seemed forced and (even for this franchise) a little far-fetched.
The real heart of the 'MIB' films has always been the rapport between Smith and Jones. And yes, we know from 'No Country' and 'In the Valley of Elah' that Brolin and Jones share a good chemistry built of straight-laced, grizzled charisma. But in Sonnenfeld's subversive world of cig-smoking aliens, brain erasing guns, and high stakes, intergalactic networking, are two straight men too much? Or will Agent W. be just what Agents K. and J. need to bring order to the universe?