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The Mummy

UMU presents The Mummy photo gallery featuring shots by Chiabella James.

The Mummy is five months away from being awoken on the big screen and here is our gallery of on-set photographer Chiabella James’ work on the upcoming Universal Monsters movie.

Chiabella James is one of the sharpest photographer’s in the business and she’s been on-set for many of today’s biggest films. While her name may not be immediately recognizable, she is the daughter of the famed photographer David James (Minority ReportM:i:IIIOblivion), and has worked on Mission: Impossible – Rogue NationJack Reacher: Never Go Back, and Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

The Mummy reunites several frequent collaborators found on Tom Cruise’s latest films. Outside of Chiabella James’ photography work, The Mummy also features Wade Eastwood and Lucy Cork (stunts), and Christopher McQuarrie and Dylan Kussman (the script).

Have a look at The Mummy photos by Chiabella James and be sure to check back as we add more in the coming weeks. Be sure to follow Chiabella James on Instagram @cbj_photo.

It’s an exciting time for fans of the Universal Monsters because we’re on the verge of seeing a new age of monsters on the big screen. While we’ve had films like 1999’s The Mummy, 2004’s Van Helsing, and 2010’s The Wolfman, we have yet to see a fully realized universe of monsters that pays sincere reverence towards the classics in much the same way that Showtime’s Penny Dreadful did. In a time when the classics were being made, there wasn’t a need or desire to document the film in the capacity that movie buffs today now enjoy (and take for granted.) So, with that said, it’ll be fun seeing Universal’s modern take on their classic monsters documented in a way that we hope endures as long as the originals.

As always, stay tuned to Universal Monsters Universe for the latest on The Mummy.

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 tomb deep beneath the unforgiving desert, an ancient princess (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, Dylan Kussman, and Christopher McQuarrie. The film stars Tom Cruise, Annabelle Wallis, Jake Johnson, Marwan Kenzari, Courtney B. Vance, Russell Crowe and Sofia Boutella. The film opens June 9, 2017.

(Steven Biscotti – @reggiemantleIII)

About the author

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)."

Readers Comments (5)

  1. Great photos! Steven, do you think it’s a safe bet that Universal will have a Superbowl TV spot for The Mummy? This is a great opportunity to massively increase awareness, and I think they’ll do it…they’ll also probably have one for The Fate of the Furious.

    BTW, did you see Joe Carnahan’s recent post about the Uncharted movie script?!!! I’m so excited! I loved his take on the A-Team. Fun fact: Joe was originally going to direct Tom Cruise in Mission Impossible 3!


    I bet The Mummy already has a monstrously cool script…wouldn’t it be crazy awesome if the Alex Kurtzman directed picture somehow ends up generating serious Oscar buzz…like The Dark Knight did, except it actually gets nominated for best picture?!!

    If the Uncharted movie is anywhere near as well received as Naughty Dog’s games, prepared to be wowed with that as well.

    As far as casting the Uncharted movie, Nathan Fillion and Nolan North would both be perfect to play Nathan Drake! J.K. Simmons is a dream pick to play Sully! What do you think of my choices?

    • Hi Cinemaconfan.

      I do think it’s a safe bet we’ll get a SuperBowl spot for “The Mummy.” Universal has consistently used Big Game ads to promote their films so I don’t see why they’d pull out of it for this year. We’re about 3 weeks away so I’d expect to find out more soon.

      I did see that about the “Uncharted” movie script and I could not be more excited for it. I know you are too. Should be a fun and exciting movie and I really hope it’s done well.

      Haha, yes, I did know that Joe Carnahan was previously involved with M:i:III and I remember TC had produced his film “Narc.” Would have been an interesting and different film than J.J.’s but I think it all turned out well. His A-Team reminded me of in some ways of M:i. Maybe that was his way of tackling an original television series to make up for not doing M:i?

      • Who would you like to see play Drake and Sully? I think there’s a lot of great potential choices.

        Also, if you didn’t get to see already, Joe has promised a BIG announcement is coming this week. That may or may not be about Uncharted. If Nathan Drake gets cast this week, I’d kinda feel like doing do a John Boyega style backflip over a couch!



        Joe’s revelation on a pending announcement about something is interesting in light of the fact that he has been slated to direct Bad Boys 3, basically in the spring…but those plans may get pushed back (or cancelled altogether) if Will Smith decides to sign on for Dumbo.


        I’m all for Will Smith doing Dumbo, but I think Disney should either proceed without him or wait until Bad Boys finishes filming…assuming BB is still a go. It would be a “tragedy” if a new Bad Boys is pushed back indefinitely over the elephant in the room 🙂

        • There is a lot of great potential casting choices in regards to Drake and Sully. I thought it was inspired when Robert DeNiro and Joe Pesci were originally attached in conversations. I know that’s no longer the case though.

          It’s hard to say because, personally, TC would be perfect and would definitely bring to life Drake in an exciting way. In several ways, Nick Morton is going to be a lot like Drake with Morton probably being just a bit more of not such a nice guy. Time will tell.

          If and when they cast Drake, I just hope it’s a really inspired choice and one that leaves more excited than anything else.

          • I’d be all for Tom Cruise playing Drake! But I think there’s virtually no chance he’ll play Drake at this point because he would be filming the gigantic production that is/will be Mission Impossible 6. Mission is supposed to start filming this spring (not sure if that’s early spring or late spring) and they’re aiming to begin rolling cameras on Uncharted in late spring or early summer…so that would appear to massively conflict, thus making it not possible to do both.

            I imagine that Cruise would love (or already loves) the tone/ideas/presentation/production values/characters/stories of the Uncharted games, since I would argue they are the most cinematic videogames made to date, but artistically he could potentially say “I’ve got the adventure genre covered in a big way with The Mummy already”. But on the other hand, perhaps it might be more possible than I think because he did big sci-fi movies Oblivion and Edge of Tomorrow (released in 2013 and 2014 respectively) plus he’s developing the sci-fi epic Luna Park with Doug Liman. So if he can do a lot of sci-fi, he could also do more than one proper adventure franchise.

            Nevertheless, I think it’s safe to say Sony is looking to cast a Nathan Drake quite a bit younger than Cruise (currently age 54). Nathan Fillion is 45, which is also arguably too old from the studio’s perspective, but man oh man, he’s got THE right look and charisma to play Drake in spades. If Fillion somehow gets cast, fans are going to lose their minds.

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