While filming nears completion on 2017’s “The Mummy”, much of the Universal Monsters reboot has been wrapped in secrecy. But thanks to one of the film’s stars, Rez Kempton, we now have a few additional words on what to expect from the Alex Kurtzman directed picture.
The Mummy, out June 2017, sports easily one of the most impressive and inspired of casts. While the film is headlined by Tom Cruise, it also stars the likes of Annabelle Wallis, Jake Johnson, Marwan Kenzari, and Sofia Boutella as the title character. While not much has been said regarding the highly anticipated film, we have learned a few details about the tone of the movie since filming began in April.
Annabelle Wallis, playing Jenny – an archaeologist in the film, previously spoke about the action of The Mummy, while Russell Crowe went on to not only confirm the grand nature of Universal’s “Monsters Universe“, but also the scary tone of the movie. We now have a few words on the currently in-production Universal picture from British actor Rez Kempton in which he said “It’s quite a departure from the old franchise that they had before in that this is a lot scarier.” This reinforces the more frightening version of The Mummy that fans have wanted since the more action/adventure based Brendan Fraser series. IMDb lists Kempton as a character named “Foreman,” but while Kempton did not go on to specify who he is within the film as “it’s all hush hush,” he did praise working with Tom Cruise, along with saying audiences will get action and stunts that one would obviously expect and hope for from a Cruise picture.
While we did have the opportunity to read an early version of the Jon Spaihts script for The Mummy, which certain aspects of filming have confirmed ideas that have remained intact, it is unclear as to whom Rez Kempton may be playing. It could either be one of the soldiers that enters/re-enters the tomb, a member of what the script had called “Brothers of the Rebel Temple,” or possibly even the shady billionaire figure named Lorenzo Montanari whom Wallis’ Jenny Halsey associates with. If I were to personally venture a guess, it’d be that Kempton is one of the “Brothers of the Rebel Temple” or an equivalent of that concept if it has remained in the script. Jon Spaihts goes on to describe them as wearing “bespoke suits with exquisitely patterned ties. Manicured hands. Immaculate haircuts. It looks more like a boutique investment bank than a mystical order.” The handsome Rez Kempton certainly fits that profile, along with Dutch actor Marwan Kenzari, whom I’ve previously ventured may be playing “Malik”, who is the leader of the group Cruise and Wallis’ character encounters.
No matter who Rez Kempton may be playing, he’s certainly an exciting addition to the terrific cast, and we’ll be one to look out for when The Mummy is awakened on June 9, 2017! In the meantime, you could follow Mr. Kempton on Twitter @rezkempton
“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)