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Week Five on ‘The Mummy’

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Week five on ‘The Mummy’ is recapped by Universal Monsters Universe!  Take a look back with us on the latest news this week regarding the Tom Cruise and Sofia Boutella film.

While previous weeks may have seemed bigger in regards to The Mummy news, this may have been the most important week yet as we learned the official plot synopsis of the upcoming film.  We also found out about Russell Crowe’s potential involvement in the Alex Kurtzman picture, and a few other fun details regarding Universal’s big screen reboot of their classic monsters library.

After a weekend off for the cast and crew, principal photography wrapped its 20th day straight, everyone was back at Shepperton Studios this past week to resume filming on The Mummy.  Heading into last weekend, Annabelle Wallis spoke for the first time in regards to her role, alongside Tom Cruise:

Today is her first day off in weeks from playing the female lead in Tom Cruise’s reboot of The Mummy. Through an exaggerated clenched smile, she says: “I feel like I’m alone on a planet that’s pretty interesting.” But the show must go on.

She is thrilled with her role in The Mummy. “I play an archaeologist, and she is kick-ass,” says Wallis. “I was worried that I’d come out of Peaky and not get any work but . . . Oh, and I did the Sacha Baron Cohen film Grimsby,” she suddenly remembers. “It’s been a year of diverse roles, but the through line is that these are formidable females, and they’re the females in my life. Most women I know are not actresses, but they work for the UN or are documentary filmmakers, anthropologists.” – from Film & Television

After resuming work, Wallis posted the following “from the set of #TheMummy” –

That time in #sanfrancisco . Happy Friday lovely ones from the set of #TheMummy #london #happy

A photo posted by @annabellewallis on

There’s admittedly not a whole lot to see this week in regards to production on The Mummy and I would like to point out that we’ve yet to see Jake Johnson on set.  Expect official stills from The Mummy to come in the next few months as we get closer to San Diego Comic Con.

One of the stuntman working on the film – Erol Nights – posted the following from Shepperton Studios and it does show off some of the weaponry of the movie.

The biggest news we learned this week concerned the official plot synopsis of the Jon Spaihts scripted film:

“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.”

Hair and make up artist on the film, Elizabeth “Lizzie” Yianni Georgiou tweeted the following:

#monstersmashup🙂

Most appropriately this was followed by the talk of Russell Crowe being involved with The Mummy.  This was eventually confirmed by the Academy Award winner and we now know that he will be playing Dr. Jekyll.  The Hollywood Reporter added “In the film, he plays Dr. Henry Jekyll, Fellow of the Royal Society.”

That’s a wrap on week five.  Stay tuned to Universal Monsters Universe as are bound to unwrap more.  And please be sure to leave your comments below.

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 Universal creature (now revealed to be an ancient queen.)  The film is scheduled to release on June 9, 2017.

(Steven Biscotti – @reggiemantleIII)

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Steven Biscotti

Mild mannered reporter, Steven Biscotti, has an avid interest in all things comic books, movies, and music (especially pertaining to Coldplay.) He stands 5'7" tall and prides himself on being the same height as Tom Cruise. Steven's favorite monster movie? "The Mummy (1999)."

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