This has been a big week for Universal Monsters Universe. Not only have we officially launched but we learned of two big casting announcements regarding the first film in the Universal Monsters universe’s first film – The Mummy. How appropriate as we celebrate our “March of Mummies“? If you’ve been following us already, then bear with us as we re-present, or re-wrap, the latest on The Mummy.
After the casting of Tom Cruise and Sofia Boutella in The Mummy, news kind of slowed down. Other than location scouting in Malta and a few words from the hair and makeup artist Elizabeth Georgiou, it wasn’t until this past week that further developments became public.
Monday, March 7th saw the announcement that Annabelle Wallis (Peaky Blinders, Annabelle) has joined the cast of The Mummy. Reported first by Justin Kroll of Variety, we learned that Wallis would be playing the role of a scientist. Annabelle Wallis’ unnamed character will be the female lead, besides Sofia Boutella’s title character/creature – the Mummy.
Almost unexpectedly, following Variety’s announcement of Annabelle Wallis, came news that Jake Johnson has been added to the cast. The Hollywood Reporter informed us all that Jake Johnson would be playing a role written specifically for him – that of a “member of the military.” This news of casting came the day after Annabelle Wallis was announced.
Film news during pre-production could be sporadic at best. Sometimes we hear a lot about production and sometimes news is as slow as 1934’s Imhotep coming back to life. But hearing that The Mummy has landed Annabelle Wallis and Jake Johnson should be reassuring to fans enthusiastically awaiting the reboot of the Karl Freund classic.
The Mummy is unearthed June 9, 2017 and is to be directed by Alex Kurtzman (People Like Us), with a script by Jon Spaihts (Prometheus). For more information on the upcoming horror/adventure, you may want to check out our “The Mummy; What We Know So Far” from a few weeks ago.
What do you think of the developing Mummy film? Are you looking forward to it as much as we are? Let us know in the comments below.