“The Mummy,” out next June, is the first proper installment in Universal’s Monsters Universe of films currently in development. The 2017 film features an inspired cast and is being headlined by Tom Cruise.
The Mummy, a project long in development and one of our most anticipated films is only 11 months away. There’s been much interest in the Alex Kurtzman directed and Jon Spaihts written film as it’s set to reintroduce audiences to the Monsters Universe made famous over 80 years ago with movies like Dracula and Frankenstein. Featuring an inspired cast – Tom Cruise, Sofia Boutella, and Jake Johnson, mainstream interest in The Mummy is all but guaranteed, especially after the first teaser trailer and promotional images are released. But what do we know about the cast and the characters they’re playing? How much will the Jon Spaihts script rely on the original 1932 classic and will 2017’s version follow in the tradition of the 1999 picture as it will just present us with a new set of heroes and villains?
While The Mummy is being seen as a remake/reboot of Universal’s 1999 installment (a sentiment echoed across message boards and social media), the film is really just an “all-new cinematic version” of the 1932 original. While The Mummy is expected to borrow concepts and themes from the original, it’s already been revealed that creative architects and executive producers Alex Kurtzman & Chris Morgan have also taken inspiration from Hammer as well.
The characters being played presented in The Mummy are original and while there is still enough left to be speculated on, here’s what we do know.
Tom Cruise will be headlining The Mummy and starring as a character referred to as “Tyler Colt.” It has not been verified if this is the actual name that will be used within the film, but it was his character name in the first draft of the screenplay by Jon Spaihts. Cruise was originally attached to the reboot of Van Helsing, but eventually left. However, there is still some fan speculation that he may be playing the famous character from Bram Stoker’s gothic novel, “Dracula.” However, in the earliest draft of Jon Spaihts’ screenplay, the character of Tyler Colt is a soldier.
Sofia Boutella, having appeared in Kingsman and this month’s Star Trek: Beyond, is no stranger to make-up, prosthetic’s, and roles that allow her to stand out among the rest of her cast members. Boutella is the true headlining star of The Mummy as she’s playing the title character. We know she’ll be an “ancient queen whose destiny was unjustly taken from her.”
Annabelle Wallis, playing an archaelogist named Jenny, is the main female lead opposite Tom Cruise. Wallis, in an interview, described the role as “kick-ass.” In an early draft of Jon Spaihts script, Wallis’ character of Jenny Halsey is written as an Indiana Jones/Nathan Drake kind of character.
Cast back in March, The Hollywood Reporter revealed that Jake Johnson had joined the cast “in a role specifically written for him.” It was also reported that Johnson, of New Girl, Let’s Be Cops, and Jurassic World would be playing “a member of the military.”
Marwan Kenzari was the fifth actor added to the cast in an unspecified role. Despite this, there exists two characters written by Jon Spaihts that Kenzari could be playing. One is Lorenzo Montanari, a billionaire that Jenny has business associations with, but it seems more likely that he could be Malik, a leader of a group not all too different than 1999’s Medjai. He’s described as “slim, dapper, and handsome” and if this character exists in a further draft, than chances are Kenzari is playing him.
Courtney B. Vance
In a Deadline exclusive, writer Mike Fleming Jr revealed that Courtney B. Vance had been added to the cast; Vance “will play an Army Colonel in the film.” UMU can report that based on this information, it would be likely that Vance is playing Colonel Gideon Forster. Forster is described as having “a hawkish eye and a Machiavellian air.”
and Russell Crowe
Academy Award winner Russell Crowe was a late addition to the cast and a bit of a surprise to fans. Believing this first installment would just introduce us to a world of monsters, fans were never expecting to be introduced to another character outside of The Mummy just yet. Crowe will be playing Dr. Henry Jekyll and could be expected to appear across films as it would seem highly likely that Mr. Hyde will eventually show up.
(Dylan Smith/Javier Botet)
Actors Dylan Smith and Javier Botet are both very interesting. While Botet has been confirmed as a part of The Mummy through his own Instagram account and IMDb, Smith has only been “confirmed” through IMDb. Knowing IMDb isn’t always accurate, it’s possible he’s not in the film, but that would seem unlikely. If I were to venture a guess, I’d say Dylan Smith will be playing Lorenzo Montanari. If he’s still a part of the final draft, it could make sense and the character would be seeing a healthy amount of screen time. Botet, while listed as Set, could be playing any number of monsters as there are plenty of wholly original ones in Spaihts’ script.
“The Mummy” will be a very exciting movie for many as there are now not only just fans of the 1932 original, but also the 1959 Hammer picture, and three Universal versions starring Brendan Fraser. While it would have been exciting to see characters from the classic appear in Jon Spaihts’ version, it’s easy to see why the crew is headed for new territory; not unlike when Lon Chaney Jr’s Kharis was introduced after Boris Karloff’s Imhotep.
Be sure to stay tuned for more on “The Mummy” as UMU takes a look at the script for the upcoming 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.”
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, Russell Crowe and Sofia Boutella as the iconic creature now revealed to be an ancient queen. The film opens June 9, 2017.
(Steven Biscotti – @reggiemantleIII)