Liam Neeson is back and in black in the new trailer for Men In Black: International - his first film role since his highly controversial comments about race earlier this year.

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Neeson stars as a MIB agent working with Chris Hemsworth in London in the latest footage from the film.

The Irish actor previously revealed in an interview that he harboured violent thoughts about killing a black person after someone close to him was raped.

The actor said he walked the streets armed with a weapon hoping he would be approached by someone so that he could kill them. He subsequently issued a lengthy apology.

Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones in the original Men in Black

A red carpet at the premiere of his last film, Cold Pursuit, was cancelled in the wake of his comments, as was an appearance on Stephen Colbert's US talk show.

The Ballymena native will return to the big screen in the latest instalment in the Men In Black franchise, which also stars Emma Thompson and Tessa Thompson, who are replacing previous stars Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones.

In the trailer, Tessa can be seen trying to convince Emma to recruit her to "the best kept secret in the galaxy".

She reveals that the MIB erased her parents' memories but didn't get hers, and she now wants to join the service to defeat aliens.

Men In Black: International is due to be released on June 14.