Liam Neeson joining Chris Hemworth's Men In Black spin-off
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Liam Neeson joining Chris Hemworth's Men In Black spin-off

LIAM NEESON looks set to flex his action comedy chops alongside Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson in a brand-new Men In Black movie.

The Northern Irish actor is in negotiations to star in the hotly anticipated spin-off, which has already been handed a release date of June 14, 2019.

It will offer Neeson a rare chance to show-off his comedic talents, having largely been involved in action movies since the surprise runaway success of Taken in 2008.

The film is being directed by F. Gary Gray, best known for his work on Fate of the Furious, while Iron Man screenwriters Matt Holloway and Art Marcum are penning the script.

Hemsworth and Thompson will fill the shoes of Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones as the alien-fighting agents operating for the super-secretive government agency.

This new Men In Black movie will serve as a spin-off, however, rather than a reboot, with all of the characters existing in the same universe as their predecessors

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According to The Hollywood Reporter, Neeson will play the head of the Men in Black organisation in London, where the movie will be at least partially set.

It's been six years since Men in Black 3 arrived in cinemas.  The third entry in the franchise was the 10th highest grossing film of 2012 worldwide.

The role will represent a nice shift for Neeson. His most recent movie, The Commuter, amounted to little more than a rehash of Taken, albeit on a train.

Neeson isn't necessarily known for his comedy work. He's only been given a chance to shine as part of cameos in the likes of Ted 2 and the sitcom Life's Too Short.