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Men in Black II
US release 3 July
While Linda Fiorentino will not return as Agent L, new female lead Lara Flynn Boyle appears as the MiB's arch nemesis. "I'm the villain, the bad girl, and I had a blast!" chuckles Boyle. "The role was written in a very butch way when the producers first gave me the script. But I told them that no one would buy it so it was changed. Now I have high heels and painted nails and I'm very girlie."
Other members of the cast include Patrick Warburton as Agent T, Johnny Knoxville as a two-headed alien, Rosario Dawson as Rita and Rip Torn, who returns as Chief Z. There's even a tiny cameo role for Michael Jackson...
"Same planet. New scum" runs the tag line, and with the huge success of the first movie, this crowd-pleasing sequel can't fail to draw excited audiences and make Sony some serious cash. Cinemas are awash with sequels and nothing seems guaranteed to put bums on seats more than familiar actors doing familiar things in familiar settings.
Apparently, the alien plot is virtually the same as the first film, except that there is no alien vessel threatening to destroy the Earth. Great performances are guaranteed from the stars and hopefully from Lara Flynn Boyle, whom we welcome back to the screen after her work in Twin Peaks and Todd Solendz's Happiness. What's more, a cameo from Michael Jackson can only do them good. A sure-fire hit for Sony Pictures after a five-year wait, and certain to be fun if a little forgettable.
by Rupert Laight
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