While Dracula Untold is the official first movie in Universal's Monsters Universe, The Mummy is fully opening up this world that will include a number of iconic crossovers with some of the studio's most infamous ghouls. The remake is set to hit theaters in 2017. It stars Tom Cruise in the lead role, with Sofia Boutella playing the title monster, the first time in series history that this mummified zombie has ever been played by a woman. Universal Pictures has released the official synopsis, which gives us an idea of what we can expect.
"Thought safely entombed in a crypt deep beneath the unforgiving desert, an ancient queen (Sofia Boutella of Kingsman: The Secret Service and Star Trek Beyond) whose destiny was unjustly taken from her, is awakened in our current day, bringing with her malevolence grown over millennia and terrors that defy human comprehension. From the sweeping sands of the Middle East through hidden labyrinths under modern-day London, The Mummy brings a surprising intensity and balance of wonder and thrills in an imaginative new take that ushers in a new world of gods and monsters."
Production on The Mummy reboot is currently underway in London. And a few weeks ago we got to see star Tom Cruise on set alongside Annabelle Wallis. Also starring in the movie is Jake Johnson, who is best known for his role on the Fox Sitcom New Girl. He brought some much needed comedic relief to Jurassic World, and will play a similar character here, in a role that was written specifically for him. Courtney B. Vance has also signed on in an unconfirmed role.
The Mummy is already reportedly setting the stage for the first of many crossovers in this Monsters Universe. Russell Crowe is in early talks to play a Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde-like character who will reportedly feature in future movies. What the synopsis doesn't mention is that Tom Cruise plays a former special forces officer. Annabelle Wallis is said to be playing a scientist, though her initial casting announcement claimed she was playing an archeologist. The synopsis does mention the Middle East, where it is believed The Mummy is first discovered before being transferred to London.
Alex Kurtzman is directed the movie from a script by Jon Spaihts. Chris Morgan (Fast & Furious series, Wanted) and Sean Daniel (The Mummy trilogy, The Best Man series) are producing alongside executive producer Bobby Cohen. Following The Mummy, other Universal Monsters movies include The Wolfman, The Invisible Man, Bride of Frankenstein and Van Helsing. All are in various stages of development. A sixth untitled movie was announced earlier this month for release in 2019. Some are speculating that it is Russell Crowe's standalone Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde reboot.
Boris Karloff became a household name back in 1932 when he first starred in The Mummy for Universal Pictures. That first entry in the long and storied franchise was directed by Karl Freund. The franchise was rebooted in 1999 with The Mummy, which starred Arnold Vosloo as the title character, who had to spar with adventurer Brendan Fraser and his wife played by Rachel Weisz. There were two sequels, 2001's The Mummy Returns, and 2008's The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor, the second of which saw Jet Li taking over the title role. There have also been a number of direct-to-video sequels and The Scorpion King spinoff, which launched Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson's film career. The first The Mummy trailer is expected to arrive sometime during the holidays.