Will Smith, Tommy Lee Jones, and Josh Brolin…as Tommy Lee Jones? That’s the set up from the Men in Black 3 teaser trailer, one that seems to be there to refresh viewers on the world of the Men in Black. Though the rough outline of the plot has been known for a while, this gives a sense of what the film is about, with newcomer Emma Thompson telling the viewers that Jones’s K character has been dead for forty years. Check out the teaser…

It’s a short tease, and one that offers exactly one joke in its running time (at least if you’re not familiar with the premise of the series), but that joke (Brolin’s Jones impression) may be enough to get people interested in seeing the film.

This is a weird teaser in that it’s not very clean – there’s a whole lot of set up for essentially one joke. The movies have been funny, and this covers a lot of back story – perhaps because it’s been a decade since the last picture means that they have to reorient a new generation to the series. And perhaps also with the recently announced reshoots the studio isn’t entirely sure what’s going to be in the finished film. But they do suggest some scale, and that we’re going to see some period detail. And maybe, just maybe, they’ll be some laughs along the way. The film is set to open May 25, 2012.

Are you ready for more Men in Black?