“Thor: Ragnarok” co-stars Tessa Thompson and Chris Hemsworth are reuniting for another big budget project. Thompson is in talks to join Hemsworth in Sony’s “Men in Black” spinoff, Variety reports. This casting news is an opportunity to raise some important questions about pay equity.
The original 1997 sci-fi comedy starred Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones as agents of a secret organization — known as the Men in Black — formed to protect Earth from aliens. If Thompson and Hemsworth are co-leads in the pic, it only makes sense for the “Men” part of the title to change. But we’re left wondering if that’s all that’s going to be updated.
Now is the time to examine the quote system, which is how paydays in Hollywood are determined. The system is inherently sexist because quotes are based on the success of an actor’s last film — and if
Tessa Thompson and Chris Hemsworth Are Re-Teaming for “Men in Black” Spinoff — Let’s Talk About Pay