The Hollywood Reporter has exclusively reported that Jake Johnson of Jurassic World and Fox’s New Girl has joined the cast of The Mummy. This comes on the heels of last night’s announcement that Annabelle Wallis has joined the 2017 reboot.
It has been revealed that following his likable turn in last summer’s Jurassic World (a film by Universal), his role in the Alex Kurtzman directed and Jon Spaihts written The Mummy will be that of “a member of the military.” The role is said to have been written specifically for him.
The Mummy is shaping up quite nicely with an impressive and inspired cast featuring Tom Cruise and Sofia Boutella as the iconic monster, originally played by Boris Karloff. With Malta being scouted as one of its locations and filming planning to start this spring/summer, it seems as if we can expect more announcements regarding the first proper entry in the Universal Monsters Universe of shared films.
While not much is known about The Mummy, you may want to check out our “What We Know So Far” about the upcoming film. We previously wrote about the proposed story regarding a Navy Seal team unearthing the Mummy. With it being reported that Tom Cruise and Jake Johnson playing soldiers of some sorts, that story seems to be accurate.
Jake Johnson’s other feature credits include comedies 21 Jump Street, Neighbors and a starring turn in Let’s Be Cops. With Johnson’s addition to the cast, it seems likely that The Mummy will feature a similar blend of action/adventure and humor just like the 1999 film.
He is repped by UTA, 3 Arts Entertainment and Jackoway Tyerman.
Executive vp Jon Mone and vp Jay Polidoro are overseeing production on behalf of Universal.
Stay tuned to Universal Monsters Universe for more info!