Last month, we reported that Universal Pictures had entered talks with both Tom Cruise and Sofia Boutella to star in their long-awaited Untitled Mummy Reboot. Today we have a new report from Variety, which reveals that both Tom Cruise and Sofia Boutella have officially signed on, with Universal Pictures also setting a new release date of June 9, 2017, pushing it up three months from March 24, 2017. This upcoming adventure will now go up against Paramount's World War Z 2 and Lionsgate's The Divergent Series: Ascendant, while it would have only faced Lionsgate's Power Rangers in its old March 24, 2017 date.
No plot details have been confirmed yet, but the movie is set in present day, marking the first full adventure in Universal's shared monster universe. It was confirmed in 2014 that Dracula Untold's end credit scene, where Luke Evans' title character was seen in present day, serves as a prologue to the entire series, but it isn't known if Dracula himself will show up in this movie. Another rumor surfaced in October 2014 that the movie will center on Navy SEALS in Iraq, but that was never confirmed.
Sofia Boutella will play the title creature, marking the first time in Universal history that a female has portrayed the Mummy. Universal's original 1932 classic The Mummy starred Boris Karloff as the title character, with Arnold Vosloo taking over the role for the studio's 1999 remake The Mummy and its 2001 sequel The Mummy Returns. Jet Li stepped in to portray The Mummy in 2008's The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor.
It isn't known exactly who Tom Cruise is playing at this time, or how many other main characters still need to be cast. Tom Cruise isn't expected to produce this installment, but this report claims he will play an active role in the story's development. Alex Kurtzman, who is overseeing the entire monster universe with Chris Morgan, is directing from a screenplay by Jon Spaihts.
While it isn't known which movie will come after the Untitled Mummy Reboot, Universal is also developing films based on classic characters like Dracula, Van Helsing, The Bride of Frankenstein and The Wolfman. All of these characters are said to interact with each other and spring up in different movies, before a movie that will bring them all together, which is being compared to Marvel's The Avengers.