Dr. Jekyll role in 2017’s ‘The Mummy’, starring alongside Tom Cruise and Sofia Boutella, has been confirmed. Academy Award winning actor Russell Crowe will bring the famous literary and cinematic character to life on screen!
Yes…Dr. Henry Jekyll M.D, D.C.L, L.L.D, F.R.S etc… at your service
— Russell Crowe (@russellcrowe) May 6, 2016
Two days after learning that Universal was courting Russell Crowe for a role in The Mummy, the Academy Award winning actor has confirmed his involvement with the studio and director and creative architect, Alex Kurtzman. Reported and confirmed by The Hollywood Reporter, Mr. Crowe told a group of press at a Beverly Hilton roundtable for Shane Black’s The Nice Guys the following:
“I’m gonna do it. Those kind of creative collaborative conversations, if they’re explosive like that from the first time you start talking, you’re actually into a really good place. How they’ve pulled all of this stuff forward into a contemporary world, and how they build it out from there, and how all the other characters interweave in each other’s stories, mate, it’s fantastic. This one is kind of more designed to seriously scare the shit out of you.”
So there ya have it. Russell Crowe will indeed be playing Dr. Jekyll (and most assuredly Mr. Hyde) within the developing Universal Monsters Universe.
It’s a great vote of confidence hearing this for those that have been worried over Alex Kurtzman directing The Mummy as his only previous credit was People Like Us. Kurtzman, along with producer Chris Morgan are sharing the responsibility of properly revitalizing Universal’s classic monsters properties and both previously stated that they’d be turning back to the originals and some of the Hammer movies. Based off of what Russell Crowe has said – “This one is kind of more designed to seriously scare the shit out of you,” seems like we are definitely going to be getting a film and series more closely in tune with the original films, Hammer horror, and quite possibly like SHWTIME’s Penny Dreadful.
If you weren’t excited already for The Mummy, now is definitely the time to join the Universal Monsters Universe as June 9, 2017 will be here before you know it and with The Mummy, we are bound to get the start of something really exciting and spooktacular. (Sorry, that was corny.)
“Tom Cruise headlines a spectacular, all-new cinematic version of the legend that has fascinated cultures all over the world since the dawn of civilization: The Mummy.
Thought safely entombed in a crypt deep beneath the unforgiving desert, an ancient queen (Sofia Boutella of Kingsman: The Secret Service and Star Trek Beyond) whose destiny was unjustly taken from her is awakened in our current day, bringing with her malevolence grown over millennia and terrors that defy human comprehension.
From the sweeping sands of the Middle East through hidden labyrinths under modern-day London, The Mummy brings a surprising intensity and balance of wonder and thrills in an imaginative new take that ushers in a new world of gods and monsters.”
The Mummy is directed by Alex Kurtzman, from a script by Jon Spaihts. The film stars Tom Cruise, Annabelle Wallis, Jake Johnson, Marwan Kenzari, Courtney B. Vance, and Sofia Boutella as the iconic creature now revealed to be an ancient queen. The film opens June 9, 2017.
(Steven Biscotti – @reggiemantleIII)
- Shazad Latif is currently playing Dr. Jekyll on SHOWTIME’s Penny Dreadful season three.