Alice Eve (She’s Out of My League) will be playing a younger version of Olivia, the MiB headquarters chief who will also be played by Emma Thompson in present day. Back in 1969 (where the time travel plot takes place), Olivia was hired as a secretary for the agency and while she’s definitely sexy, she can back it up with smarts too. Surely she’ll run into Agent J (Will Smith) and young Agent K (Josh Brolin) as MiB has to save the world once again.
Principal photography began on November 16, 2010, it was originally slated to commence on October 18, 2010 and continue until May 2011 in New York.However, filming has now been split into two parts the first taking place from November to December 2010 filming the majority of the present day scenes, before a two month break till mid-February where filming will resume to finish filming the remaining sections.Rumors initially stated that filming was delayed due to issues with the film’s script, though producers have denied this saying instead that the filming was delayed to take advantage of New York tax incentives and to film scenes in warmer weather. Producer Walter F. Parkes has said that they must begin filming before 2010 ends to benefit from the tax incentives, and picking up in February allows them to film some needed scenes in the warmer spring climate. The first set photos for the film turned up online on November 17, 2010 showing Will Smith, Tommy Lee Jones, Emma Thompson, and Nicole Scherzinger on the set of the film.