Sofia Boutella, the star of 2017’s The Mummy, has revealed one of her inspirations for her upcoming performance as the iconic Universal Monster.
This has been quite a busy year for Sofia Boutella as she’s had three films release, Tiger Raid, Jet Trash, and Star Trek: Beyond, all while she’s been working on Alex Kurtzman’s upcoming Universal Monsters film, The Mummy. Amid filming in London and currently Namibia, Boutella has still managed to find time to promote her latest role as the alien Jaylah in the thirteenth Trek film, along with talking just enough about The Mummy to keep up all of our interests and hype for the first “Monsters Universe” film. Boutella sat down with Wired to show us the latest texts, emojis, and videos on her phone and, in turn, revealed an interesting new aspect about one of her inspirations behind her reawakened ancient queen title role in The Mummy!
When asked “What is the last video you watched on YouTube?”, Boutella said “I was watching clips of Carrie. The original when she comes out of the prom. She’s pissed off. There she is [pointing to phone].” When asked if that was her inspiration for the role of Jaylah, she coyly said, “No, no, not Jaylah. For someone else though!”
While it is a bit speculative, we believe it’s safe to say that Ms. Boutella is referring to The Mummy when mentioning that Sissy Spacek’s iconic performance in Brian De Palma’s 1976 film is the inspiration “for someone else though.”
The legacy of Mummy movies have been carried on by some of the greats like Boris Karloff and Christopher Lee, and we can’t wait to see Sofia Boutella as a 5,000 year old, ancient queen in The Mummy. She’s clearly demonstrated a work ethic unlike any other and her dedication to each role, be it as Shadha in Tiger Raid or Gazelle in Kingsman, definitely makes her one of the best and most inspired choices to lead Universal’s planned “Monsters Universe.” And with that chilling and unforgettable scene in Carrie as one of the inspirations behind her Mummy role, we could just imagine how much more haunting Sofia Boutella’s performance in Alex Kurtzman’s film will be!
“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)