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Annabelle Wallis Talks ‘Contemporary, Cool, Exciting’ “The Mummy”!

Annabelle WallisAnnabelle Wallis as Jenny Halsey. Photo by Chiabella James.

Annabelle Wallis talks about what to expect from “The Mummy” and working alongside Tom Cruise.

While promoting her film, Come and Find Me, Annabelle Wallis spoke to Madison Makely about The Mummy, opening in theaters June 9th. While the 32-year-old—who grew up in Portugal and moved to London at 18 to pursue acting did not divulge much about the upcoming Universal Monsters film, she did offer a little on what audiences and fans could expect from the Alex Kurtzman directed film.

“We just finished and I think people are going to be very surprised. You know it’s an age old story that we all grew up with. There have been remakes of it and it’s a re-imagining of it in a very contemporary, cool, modern, exciting, brave way. And it’s got exceptional people in it and, you know, Tom is Tom. And he never disappoints. So, you know, I’m hoping to ride on his coattails for a little longer.”

With The Mummy only 4 months away, fans could expect to hear more on the highly anticipated film, starring Sofia Boutella and Tom Cruise. Wallis, cast last march, is playing the character of Jenny Halsey. Halsey, as director Alex Kurtzman explained, is “a woman who works for cultural heritage. I don’t know how much you know about the cultural heritage guys, but they are the ones going around defending these places that ISIS is blowing up and trying to protect those things and sort of trying to salvage as much of it as possible. You always need an archaeologist in a Mummy movie, but you want to do it in a way that feels actually really different and isn’t the studied bookworm version that’s been done a thousand times. She’s time woman who has been running around the middle east actually doing that. She’s very smart. She’s very educated. She really can hold her own. She also has a secret that is incredibly significant in the story. That reveals itself over the course of the movie and suggests she might not be entirely what she says she is.”

Are you as excited for The Mummy as we are? Be sure to let us know in the comments below!

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 (9)

  1. I wonder if Annabelle Wallis will have an American or “British” accent in The Mummy. But moving on to more important matters, Deadline reported about the upcoming Superbowl on Sunday that “Universal also has committed to at least one spot during the game”!!!!!!!

    Looking at Universal’s 2017 slate, I think only these four films would be considered:

    The Great Wall
    The Fate of the Furious
    The Mummy
    Despicable Me 3

    I think The Great Wall won’t be airing because the movie comes out later this month & there is perhaps an expectation that the movie isn’t going to perform all that well at the domestic box office…so no need to overspend on the marketing. Fast 8 could very well show up, since the last installment made big use of the Superbowl in 2015..but it seems a bit odd we haven’t heard if it will be making the cut already, considering how big the 2015 promotion was, even in the week leading up to the actual spot airing. Despicable Me 3 could show up because Illumination Entertainment had a spot last year for The Secret Life of Pets. So many kids are already going to be begging their parents to see DM3 this summer, that superbowl advertising may not have much value. The notable difference is that Pets is new IP…whereas DM3 is well established IP.

    And that leads to my next point where “The Mummy”, even though it clearly has established cinematic history, the way the 2017 version is being sold is that of new IP “welcome to a NEW world of gods and monsters”. This effectively launches a new cinematic universe, and its imperative that many many people be excited for its release. It also happens to be perfect superbowl material to showcase – Tom Cruise and big action! And, there were superbowl ads for the Brendan Fraser Mummy movies (at least the first and second installments in the trilogy). And to make another comparison, Iron Man launched a universe in 2008 – and it also had a superbowl spot!


    And Steven, if you’re interested, the following is a really good and positive discussion of The Mummy and the Universal Monsters Cinematic Universe:

    • Dwayne Johnson confirmed on Instagram that his upcoming movies Fast & Furious 8 and Baywatch will be getting Superbowl spots!

      So Universal had better make sure they have a spot lined up for #TheMummy !!!!

      The Rock and Tom Cruise are the hardest working actors in the business today! The Rock is the ultimate winner here because of his INSANE schedule and that’s he’s committed to MANY MANY big franchises (either that currently are franchises or will soon be big franchises).

      It would be so epic for DJ to join the Universal Monsters Cinematic Universe as either the Wolfman himself or a guy who has to hunt the beast down! And if Tom Cruise ends up being either Van Helsing or a Van Helsing type character, and DJ is the Wolfman, can you imagine the awesomeness of Tom Cruise and The Rock going head to head?!!!! And maybe there would be points where they team up and others where they’re out to taken one another down! Imagine a #JackReacher attitude of “I’m gonna start hunting…and when I find you, I’m gonna kill you all” and a #LukeHobbs vengeance of “I’m gonna beat you like a cherokee drum”!!!!

      • Seeing them together on screen would be pretty cool. And the Iron Man 2008 Super Bowl spot was great. I remember waiting for that to air and then watching countless times online. It aired a few days before the final trailer did.

  2. Gets me even more hyped for The Mummy!

  3. I hope The Mummy will release a new full length trailer very soon!
    ALso hoping for a Superbowl spot..

    • We’re hoping for one, as well. It’s been confirmed that Fate of the Furious will have one, but we do know a new Mummy trailer is on the way!

    • While it was disappointing that we didn’t get a spot, a new trailer is on its way. I’d expect the next trailer to land a week or so before The Fate of the Furious.

      • I would be surprised if Universal waits that long for a new trailer. I certainly expect the new Mummy trailer will be attached to Fast 8, but I think it will debut significantly before that. I think March is the safe bet at this point. March would be the roughly halfway point between the first Mummy trailer debut (December 2016) and the the film’s domestic release on June 9, 2017.

        The earliest I expect a new trailer is with The Great Wall. But, I think attaching the first Mummy trailer will do just fine there.

        So the more “proper” earliest debut I think would be in time for Universal’s horror movie Get Out, coming February 24th, which should be a hit. At the same time, that’s not a true blockbuster movie. Logan on March 3rd would be a great opportunity to have more viewers in theaters see the new Mummy trailer, as would Kong: Skull Island in time for March 10th, and also the horror thriller Life on March 24 is a solid opportunity. I just think there’s too many good opportunities between now and the end of March to debut a new Mummy trailer than to wait to time it with Fast 8.


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