Russell Crowe, while promoting ‘The Nice Guys’, spoke to Entertainment Tonight and revealed a little more in regards to his upcoming role as Dr. Jekyll. Crowe can be seen in 2017’s ‘The Mummy.’
After initial speculation that Academy Award winner Russell Crowe would be joining the cast of The Mummy in the role of Dr. Henry Jekyll, on May 7th this would be confirmed by not only The Hollywood Reporter but by the actor himself. Interestingly, multiple reports had Crowe as either a Dr. Jekyll like character or as the iconic Robert Louis Stevenson character later adapted by Universal; this would all be clarified as soon as the actor took to Twitter and stated rather clearly that he’d be playing the famous doctor.
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
Other than knowing that Russell Crowe has been cast as Dr. Henry Jekyll in the upcoming Universal Monsters Universe of films and will first be seen in 2017’s The Mummy, alongside Tom Cruise, we don’t really know much else. It has been continually reported that Crowe won’t necessarily have a starring role capacity and should be looked at as having more of a glorified/extended cameo of sorts to set up his recurring character throughout other films. It’s more than safe to assume that at some given point Russell Crowe could be expected to play Mr. Hyde as well.
While promoting his upcoming film The Nice Guys, Russell Crowe revealed a little more about the nature of his role, working opposite Tom Cruise, and what Dr. Jekyll means going forward for Universal to Entertainment Tonight:
“I think we have a very simple and direct connection. I always had a great deal of respect for what he does and I’m really looking forward to being in front of a camera with him. I said to him a long time ago — when he asked me to do a particular movie — I said to him, ‘I don’t really want to be in a film where we’re on different sides — you’re the good guy, I’m the bad guy kind of thing.’ This project, it’s quite complex in terms of what our relationship really is. There could be an entire universe that comes out of what these monsters are and it’s all contemporary. They’re not period films, so I’m quite looking forward to being Dr. Henry Jekyll.”
Russell Crowe had also previously gone on to say that The Mummy is “is kind of more designed to seriously scare the s— out of you.”
As always, stay tuned for more news regarding The Mummy here on Universal Monsters Universe and be sure to add your thoughts to the comments below.
“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)