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Recap: Week Fifteen of Filming ‘The Mummy’

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Principal photography wraps week fifteen of filming on Alex Kurtzman’s “The Mummy,”  and with it comes the first look at Sofia Boutella, along with the revelation of a new monster added to the film series.

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Sofia Boutella, with stunt co-ordinator, Wade Eastwood. Image via Just Jared

While an official look at The Mummy has yet to be released, we have seen a few on-set photos release as filming has taken place on location in London.  Shooting outside often poses an issue for films cloaked in secrecy as onlookers are always bound to catch something the cast and crew wish to remain secret.  While a certain amount of principal photography has taken place on closed locations like The London Museum of Natural History, the rest has been filmed at Shepperton Studios.  While the overall look of Sofia Boutella’s ancient queen/Mummy has been kept a secret for the past fourteen weeks, pictures have finally leaked of how she appears in at least a few sequences of the film.

Filming in the streets of London proved to be a mission: impossible for the crew to keep Sofia Boutella covered from onlookers and photographers as several pictures were uploaded to photo sharing hub, WENN.  I’d like to point out that after reading an early version of the Jon Spaihts’ script, the Mummy has a few different looks in the film and this is just one of them.  The early version does make reference that the Mummy has arcane symbols etched on the body and the set photos do seem to confirm this.  The make-up and overall look also pays homage to the work of original 1932 Mummy make-up artist Jack Pierce which we never truly got to see in 1999’s The Mummy.  While this is a fun tease of what we could expect, the first official image should be well worth the wait.

In other news, this week saw the revelation that Javier Bardem is in talks to join the Monsters Universe as Frankenstein.  The Hollywood Reporter stated that it was unclear if he would join the series as Dr. Victor Frankenstein or Frankenstein’s Monster.  There have been some reports that Frankenstein will be involved with The Mummy in some way, but that seems unlikely unless he were to be added during re-shoots.

Sidenote: Based on our sources, filming in Namibia will take place from July 20th to August 15th, with production concluding that month.  There’s just about four weeks left so our The Mummy weekly recaps will soon be concluding.  These have been a lot of fun and we at Universal Monsters Universe would like to thank everyone that’s been reading and enjoying since our Week One recap.

“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)

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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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