Did you love Jake Johnson in Jurassic World? Then get ready for more of his keen observations and hilarious jokes as he joins the cast of Universal's Untitled Mummy Reboot. The New Girl star will join Tom Cruise and Annabelle Wallis as the two lead heroes in what is the first contemporary adventure in the planned Monsters Universe.
Sofia Boutella is also starring in the movie, playing the lead villain. This will be the first time a female has ever played the role of The Mummy in Universal's long and storied franchise. The story takes place in modern day. Tom Cruise stars as a former special forces officer. Annabelle Wallis is now said to be a scientist, though her initial casting announcement claimed she was playing an archeologist. Jake Johnson is playing a role that was specifically written for him, starring as a member of the military with ties to Tom Cruise's unnamed character.
Alex Kurtzman is directing the Untitled Mummy Reboot. He will be working from a script by Jon Spaihts. Chris Morgan and Sean Daniel are producing this action-adventure thriller, which is said to incorporate more horror elements than the previous The Mummy franchise which kicked off in 1999 and starred Brendan Fraser and Rachel Weisz.
The Untitled Mummy Reboot will be the first movie in the studio's new Monster Universe that is set entirely in present day. It follows 2014's Dracula Untold, which ended with a prologue that brought its vampire into present day as part of this sprawling cinematic universe. Previous reports about Universal's Untitled Mummy Reboot claimed that the movie centers on Navy SEALS in Iraq. These latest reports indicate that the military will definitely be involved in the plot. But there is no confirmation of where the action all takes place.
We reported last month that Johnny Depp will star in the studio's reboot of The Invisible Man, which is being developed along with several other projects such as Van Helsing, The Bride of Frankenstein and The Wolfman as part of Universal's Monsters Universe. Jake Johnson took the lead in the 2014 big screen comedy Let's Be Cops and headlined the indie dramas Drinking Buddies and Digging for Fire. He'll next be seen in the bachelor party comedy Joshy starring opposite Thomas Middleditch, Jenny Slate, Lauren Graham and Aubrey Plaza.