Those reports that Tom Cruise had entered negotiations to star in Universal’s latest reboot of The Mummy have turned out to be absolutely true.
Variety has confirmed that the megastar with a fondness for hanging off airplanes and such will headline the first of the studio’s revived monster movies, which as we all know, are intended to be woven into some kind of shared universe.
The film has also been given a new release date, getting pushed back a couple of months to 9 June 2017. It’s also going to be set in the present day, and will star Kingsman‘s Sofia Boutella as the Mummy herself.
Prolific genre screenwriter Alex Kurtzman will make his directorial debut on the project having replaced Mama‘s Andy Muschietti, who reportedly left due to those pesky creative differences (word was that Muschietti wanted to make a horror film, which wasn’t really what Universal wanted).
The script for the film comes from Prometheus‘ Jon Spaihts, and Furious 7‘s Chris Morgan is also involved in bringing these classic monsters back to life.
It’s interesting to see the studio plant such a big “This is a tentpole movie” flag by casting Cruise. It’s certainly a jump from the not-particularly-starry Dracula Untold, and suggests that they’re not going to be taking any chances with this (just in case we didn’t guess from phrases like “Avengers-style shared universe” floating around). Fingers crossed that The Mummy‘s resurrection is worth it.
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