Some new names have just been announced regarding the latest remake of Universal Pictures’ The Mummy. According to Variety, Annabelle Wallis (Peaky Blinders) is at present in talks to join alongside Tom Cruise and Sofia Boutella, and The Hollywood Reporter reports that Jake Johnson (New Girl) is also in talks to be a part of this film.
Wallis is expected to play an archaeologist, while Johnson is reportedly playing a military character, in a role that was specifically written for him. Cruise’s character will be a special forces soldier and Boutella will be playing the Mummy.
The film will be set in the present day, it will be directed by Alex Kurtzman, and the film will be produced by Kurtzman, Chris Morgan (Fast & Furious franchise, Wanted), and Sean Daniel (The Mummy trilogy). Prometheus scribe Jon Spaihts (who also wrote the screenplay for Doctor Strange) is penning the screenplay.
The Mummy is one of Universal’s oldest monsters dating back to 1932 with Boris Karloff in the title role. It has since been remade numerous times, including 1959 by Hammer Films starring Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing, and eventually it came back to Universal in 1999 starring Brendan Fraser, Rachel Weisz, and Arnold Vosloo in the title role, just to name a few.
Wallis can be seen next year in Knights of the Round Table: King Arthur, and Johnson can continue to be seen in New Girl. The Mummy is slated to be released June 9, 2017.
Does the addition of Annabelle Wallis and Jake Johnson help to improve, or take away, from this latest version of The Mummy? Is the fact that it is a present day film that might make it a deal breaker? What about Tom Cruise starring in the film?
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