Reported first on Variety by Justin Kroll is the news that Annabelle Wallis has been cast in The Mummy. While specifics are not mentioned, its been reported that Wallis is the female lead and will play an archaeologist. She joins the previously announced cast of Tom Cruise, in an unspecified role, and Sofia Boutella as the famous Universal Monster.
Wallis is best known for her work in Steven Knight’s “Peaky Blinders.” She also starred in the 2014 horror pic “Annabelle” and the comedy “Brothers Grimsby.” Wallis will play Maid Maggie in Guy Ritchie’s upcoming King Arthur movie — set for release in 2017. She also recently wrapped Zack Whedon’s thriller “Come and Find Me” opposite Aaron Paul.
She is repped by UTA, United Agents and Untitled Entertainment.
The Mummy, (which has been called “awesome”) directed by Alex Kurtzman and written by Jon Spaihts, is unearthed on June 9, 2017. The film is currently in pre-production with Malta being scouted as one of the locations to shoot in.
With filming set to start this spring/summer, production on the long in development The Mummy is getting more exciting with each announcement. It’s also rather appropriate as we at Universal Monsters Universe are currently celebrating our “March of Mummies” month/theme. We’ve previously spoken about The Mummy and “Everything We Know”, along with a profile on Sofia Boutella, and some good old fashioned speculation on who Tom Cruise might be playing. If you’re excited about The Mummy, be sure to check those articles out and join in on the UMU fun.
We’re very happy to see Annabelle Wallis cast in Alex Kurtzman’s The Mummy and she’ll certainly add an interesting dynamic to the already inspired cast. Interestingly, she’ll be playing an archaeologist as the previous incarnation of The Mummy reportedly featured a Navy Seal team infiltrating the tomb. Could that still be an aspect of the Jon Spaihts script? Or we’ll we be seeing a film closer in tone to the 1932 original?
Make sure to let us know your thoughts in the comments below and stay tuned for more monster mash fun here at Universal Monsters Universe!
UPDATE – 3/8/16 – According to The Hollywood Reporter:
The storyline is set in the modern day with Cruise’s character to be a special forces soldier (or former soldier), sources tell The Hollywood Reporter. Wallis’ character is to be a scientist.
This seemingly confirms that the original plot will be intact as Cruise will still be playing a soldier of some sort. But, for now, stay tuned for more information on The Mummy.