Universal Monsters Universe recaps the latest news from this week regarding ‘The Mummy’, directed by Alex Kurtzman, and starring Sofia Boutella and Tom Cruise.
With week seven of principal photography wrapping on Universal’s upcoming The Mummy, directed by Alex Kurtzman, Universal Monsters Universe is here with our weekly recap of the latest news regarding the past week’s production that you may or may not have seen. The film, being headlined by Tom Cruise, releases next summer and will be the first proper installment in Universal’s upcoming monsters universe of films based off of their classic original films.
Earlier this year, it was reported that production on The Mummy was scouting locations in Malta to most likely double for the Middle Eastern landscape of some portions of the film. According to Just Jared and Times of Malta, “the production team scouted various locations around the island but appeared to have set its eyes on Fort Ricasoli in Kalkara.” This was back in February, but it was later confirmed that Malta had been shelved due to undisclosed reasons. With the majority of filming taking place in the United Kingdom from places like the Bodilean Library to Shepperton Studios, film scheduling has certainly allowed additional scouting to take place. Last week on May 13th it was reported and announced that The Mummy would be moving to Namibia, more specifically Swakopmund. Swakopmund, a coastal city in Namibia will double for the Middle Eastern settings of The Mummy and production will actually soon be moving there. Filming in Namibia will take place from July 20th to August 15th, with production more than likely concluding that month.
Amid news that principal photography would be moving from the United Kingdom to South Africa in July, we did have our first behind the scenes look at actor Marwan Kenzari, who was cast in The Mummy back in March.
While we’re still unsure as to whom Marwan Kenzari is playing, it does appear that his character is working alongside Tom Cruise and Annabelle Wallis’ characters.
A few days after, we learned that The Mummy‘s director of photography is Ben Seresin. Mr. Seresin has shot films like Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, Unstoppable, and Pain and Gain. As Universal has employed a healthy amount of talented crew members in the United Kingdom while the film’s production is primarily housed there, it is no surprise that Ben Seresin is a Member of the British Society of Cinematographers (BSC) since 2010, and the American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) since 2011.
Last but not least for week seven of The Mummy is that we learned just a little bit more regarding Dr. Jekyll – the character that will be played by Academy Award winner Russell Crowe via 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.”
That’s all for this week and be sure to stay tuned to Universal Monsters Universe for the latest on The Mummy. And for those that like to keep up to date on filming, The Mummy was currently shooting at The London Museum of Natural History and the woods in Surrey.
“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.
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