UMU takes a look at the Top 5 reasons why we’re excited for the June 9, 2017 release of “The Mummy,” and hopefully why you are all hyped as well!
Today is a very special day for us as we celebrate the excitement over June 9, 2016 marking the exactly 1 year until The Mummy comes to theaters mark. Universal’s “Monsters Universe” of films have been in development now for a few years and so it’s very exciting to know that the moment all of you Universal Monsters fans have been waiting for is only 365 days left, or 12 months away.
…There’s also no denying that we love our top five lists.
Without further ado, we hope you enjoy our Top 5 Reasons We’re Excited for ‘The Mummy’!
I. It’s Part of the “Monsters Universe”!
Some time ago actor Russell Crowe verified that the umbrella title for the shared universe of films will be called the “Monsters Universe.” It’s simple, effective, and some people even went on to comment that it’s not anything we didn’t already know. And while that is true, for the most part, it is still the fact that we know exactly what we’re looking at for the foreseeable future; a future planned well into 2019.
The Universal Monsters movies of the 30’s to 50’s are some of the greatest films in cinematic history and, arguably so, were the first movies to ever be connected just like the current trend of films that have followed the trail blazing Marvel Cinematic Universe since 2008.
It’s about time Universal Monsters and Monsters fans got a shared universe of movies and while Universal attempted it with 2004’s Van Helsing, it is apparent that the brain trust working on these movies get what makes them so universally appealing, iconic, and enduring. It’s for all these very reasons we believe the “Monsters Universe” is going to be a fun one watching as we get a planned film once every year.
II. The Cast. Hip. Hype. Buzz worthy!
We all love (or hope that you love) Tom Cruise as much as we do. But what really caught our attention in regards to The Mummy was back in March when Annabelle Wallis, Jake Johnson, and Marwan Kenzari were all cast within a week. Talk about a hip cast that’s hype worthy and completely buzz worthy.
Annabelle Wallis is one of the rising stars in the industry and she’s already a standout due to her performances in the horror film Annabelle and the hit television series Peaky Blinders. She’s playing an archaeologist named Jenny and we’re sure she’ll be just as strong a star as Emily Blunt and Rebecca Ferguson in Edge of Tomorrow and Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation.
Jake Johnson is certainly one of the most likable, natural, and gifted of actors. He’s comedic but also an excellent performer as well. After a scene stealing turn in Universal’s Jurassic World, Johnson was cast in The Mummy as an army soldier. Fascinatingly, the role was written explicitly for him by Jon Spaihts.
Marwan Kenzari. If you aren’t familiar with Marwan Kenzari, next year you will be. By the time the movie comes out, the Dutch actor will have been in five movies including Ben-Hur. While his role has yet to be revealed, Kenzari is an inspired choice that will certainly bring life to his character.
Oh, and then there’s this:
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
Russell Crowe…is there a role he can’t play? He brought the house (and the Roman Empire) down in Gladiator, took on an iconic role as Robin Hood, fathered Superman and sang in Les Miserables. He will take Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde to a whole new level while respecting the essence of the character, as evidenced by what he’s said in regards to discussions with Alex Kurtzman and his above tweet. Crowe just has that way about him and how he plays his roles. I cannot wait to see him on screen in this movie. – UMU Joe
III. Tom Cruise. Need We Say More?
I’ve been a fan of Tom Cruise since 1996 and have gone on to see and support every one of his films. Meeting him during the Director’s Guild of America screening of Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation only cemented my support of easily the hardest working, most dedicated, and fan friendly of movie stars!
But Tom Cruise is so much more than just one of the last great movie stars we have. He’s an extremely dedicated actor, collaborator, producer, and always – stunt man. It’s his love of movies (he tries to watch 1 film a day, even if it’s just a clip) and always is looking for ways on how to make the movie as entertaining as it could be for audiences.
Tom Cruise’s work on The Mummy should be no different, even if he isn’t serving as producer; look at how fun and entertaining Universal’s Oblivion was, or even 2014’s Edge of Tomorrow.
IV. Unearthing Something New/Discovering A Legacy!
Taking the time to get it right, to paraphrase Donna Langley, chair of Universal Pictures, the upcoming The Mummy is going to be the first film to kick off the upcoming connected and shared universal of Universal Monsters based reboots.
The Mummy will have been in conversation since 2014 when Jon Spaihts was first announced as the writer. Looking to root it in something darker and scarier than what we saw before in the series that began with the 1999 version, The Mummy by Jon Spaihts and Alex Kurtzman looks as if we’ll be getting a film and series rooted very much in the classics, with influence coming from other places as well.
To prepare, Kurtzman and Morgan obsessively watched Universal monster films made with the likes of Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi, and to broaden the sense of genre, augmented that with a diet of Hammer Horror pictures and other creepy works. – Variety
To know that the two men that are leading this voyage have been doing their “homework,” it’s very exciting. It’s also really fun knowing that they’ve also turned to Hammer Horror pictures as the 1959 version of The Mummy is a highly impressive film.
On June 9, 2017, it’ll be great to see just how much of the original classic films are hinted at. If this, in turn, leads more audiences back to the originals? All the better.
V. We Love Sofia Boutella!
We at Team UMU love Sofia Boutella! She was a scene-stealer in Kingsmen, but she is also an incredibly prolific and mesmerizing dancer as well. Some of her earliest work goes back to working alongside Madonna and if that doesn’t already qualify Sofia Boutella as the best, we don’t know what will.
Sofia Boutella is The Mummy and her role as the tile character will certainly be one worth talking about alongside Boris Karloff and Christopher Lee. She’s proven herself as an amazingly talented dramatic actress such as her role in this year’s Tribeca Film Festival pick Tiger Raid and in this July’s Star Trek Beyond.
Much about the Alex Kurtzman directed The Mummy is just as secretive as The Mummy herself’s tomb. But with it being only one year until the movie, one could expect a first look at Sofia Boutella and more on her lead role within the coming months.
The fact that Sofia Boutella is The Mummy and that this “Monsters Universe” will be launching with her is incredibly fascinating and we’re sure that this time next year you’ll be seeing plenty of Top 5 Reasons Why We Love Sofia posts on Buzzfeed and Mashable.
We hope you agree with some, if not all, of our Top 5 Reasons Why We’re Excited for The Mummy and regardless, we’d love to hear your thoughts, so be sure to leave a comment below. And it’s 365 days until The Mummy! The countdown is real.
“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)