Men in Black 4 Will Feature a Female Lead

Men in Black 4 will feature a prominent Woman In Black

Speaking with the BBC’s Newsbeat (via /Film), Men in Black producer Laurie MacDonald revealed that the upcoming revival of the series will feature “a prominent woman in black in the fourth [film].”

The pair preciously indicated that franchise star Will Smith would be sitting out this this time, but MacDonald’s producing partner and husband Walter Parkes went on to say “Never count Will out.”

Parkes clarified that plans for the fourth film were still in early days, saying:

“We sort of looked at the first three in retrospect as a bit of a trilogy. We tried to tell a story about those two characters and that relationship, It sounds silly because it’s a fun, science fiction comedy but when you work on these things you sort of try to find some thematic basis underneath it. Now we are looking at a reinvention, but it’s a wonderful world to get back into.”

It remains to be seen if plans are still being made by Sony Pictures for the previously-reported franchise mash up of 21 Jump Street and the Men in Black franchise for a sci-fi comedy mocking “cinematic universes,” but given the busy schedule of filmmakers Phil Lord and Chris Miller, the project could have been neuralyzed.

Starring Tommy Lee Jones and Will Smith, the first Men in Black was released in 1997 and went on to gross over $589 million worldwide. A follow-up was released in 2002, bringing in over $440 million worldwide, with a third debuting in theaters in 2012 and raking in over $620 million. Smith and Jones appeared in all three films, which were in turn all directed by Barry Sonnenfeld. The film series was originally based on the comics by Lowell Cunningham.