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A Monster Missing “A Bit of Cuddles”; Sofia Boutella Talks ‘The Mummy’!

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Sofia Boutella recently spoke about her upcoming role as the iconic Universal Monster in 2017’s The Mummy. While promoting her most recent film, Star Trek: Beyond, Boutella spoke about the make-up, bandages, and co-star Tom Cruise.

There’s no denying Sofia Boutella’s presence live on stage and in front of the camera.  An actress unlike any other, Boutella has the important role of reintroducing audiences to one of Universal’s most iconic of monsters, while also restarting Universal’s upcoming “Monsters Universe” of interconnected films.  Following in the legacy of Boris Karloff, Tom Tyler, Lon Chaney, Jr., Christopher Lee, Arnold Vosloo, and Jet Li, soon the talented and beautiful Sofia Boutella will be the next person to continue the great tradition of Mummy/monster movies in today’s modern era of cinema.

While speaking with E! News ahead of the San Diego Comic Con premiere of Star Trek: Beyond, Ms. Boutella spoke of her recent experiences while filming The Mummy.

Sofia Boutella

Sofia Boutella on location in London. Image via wenn.

On working with Tom Cruise.

“[I’ve learned] like almost everything.  He is such a hard worker; he just knows everything.  I remember being on set with him and he’s like, ‘No, guys, this is a comedic frame.’ I was like, ‘Tom, what the hell is a comedic frame?’ I was like I don’t know any of these things. And then he just teaches me things all the time.  And his enthusiasm…”

On the wardrobe.

“We call it bandages.  We all went to Duane Reade and picked up the most adequate bandage and wrapped it around me.  Dipped it in tea first, you know, to give it like this very Egyptian authentic look.”

On portraying the villain.

“No, what do you mean ‘villain’?  She’s lovely.  No, no, no, she’s lovely.  They don’t know anything.  She’s sweet.”

On kissing Tom Cruise.

“Ahhh, you’ll find out.  You’ll get to buy a ticket and go watch the movie to find out.”

On her nickname on set.

“Mother.  They call me mother on set, or MILF because I’m the oldest one on set.  I’m 5,000 years old.  Basically that’s what she is.  She’s after some, you know, she’s just out of the coffin and she’s missing a bit of cuddles.  That’s okay.”  

For more on The Mummy, you may want to check out our weekly recaps, chronicling the Alex Kurtzman directed film since April 2016.  For a BTS image courtesy of Sofia Boutella, check out our Week 17 recap from this week.  Be sure to follow Universal Monsters Universe for the latest on The Mummy and Universal’s in development “Monsters Universe” of movies.

And if you are just as excited for Sofia Boutella and her upcoming role in The Mummy, be sure to let us know in the comments below!

“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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