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One Year Ago This Day – Annabelle Wallis Unearths “The Mummy”!

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

One year ago today, Annabelle Wallis was cast in “The Mummy.”

One year ago today, Annabelle Wallis was officially cast in The Mummy. Reported first on Variety by Justin Kroll, specifics were not mentioned regarding her character or the plot. It was only announced that Wallis would be playing the female lead and would play an archaeologist alongside Tom Cruise and Sofia Boutella. Here we are, one year later and with three months left until The Mummy is awakeneddetails are still relatively light. However, we do know a little more about who Annabelle Wallis is playing within Universal’s first Monsters Universe film.

Playing the character of Jenny Halsey, Wallis’ character, 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 a 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.”

*This previously appeared in “Annabelle Wallis Unearths The Mummy” on March 7, 2016.

Reported first on Variety by Justin Kroll is the news that Annabelle Wallis has been cast in The Mummy.  While specifics are not mentioned, its been reported that Wallis is the female lead and will play an archaeologist.  She joins the previously announced cast of Tom Cruise, in an unspecified role, and Sofia Boutella as the famous Universal Monster.

Wallis is best known for her work in Steven Knight’s “Peaky Blinders.” She also starred in the 2014 horror pic “Annabelle” and the comedy “Brothers Grimsby.” Wallis will play Maid Maggie in Guy Ritchie’s upcoming King Arthur movie — set for release in 2017. She also recently wrapped Zack Whedon’s thriller “Come and Find Me” opposite Aaron Paul.

She is repped by UTA, United Agents and Untitled Entertainment.

With filming set to start this spring/summer, production on the long in development The Mummy is getting more exciting with each announcement.  It’s also rather appropriate as we at Universal Monsters Universe are currently celebrating our “March of Mummies” month/theme.  We’ve previously spoken about The Mummy and “Everything We Know”, along with a profile on Sofia Boutella, and some good old fashioned speculation on who Tom Cruise might be playing.  If you’re excited about The Mummy, be sure to check those articles out and join in on the UMU fun.

We’re very happy to see Annabelle Wallis cast in Alex Kurtzman’s The Mummy and she’ll certainly add an interesting dynamic to the already inspired cast.  Interestingly, she’ll be playing an archaeologist as the previous incarnation of The Mummy reportedly featured a Navy Seal team infiltrating the tomb.  Could that still be an aspect of the Jon Spaihts script?  Or we’ll we be seeing a film closer in tone to the 1932 original?

Make sure to let us know your thoughts in the comments below and stay tuned for more monster mash fun here at Universal Monsters Universe!

UPDATE – 3/8/16 – According to The Hollywood Reporter:

The storyline is set in the modern day with Cruise’s character to be a special forces soldier (or former soldier), sources tell The Hollywood Reporter. Wallis’ character is to be a scientist.

This seemingly confirms that the original plot will be intact as Cruise will still be playing a soldier of some sort.  But, for now, stay tuned for more information on The Mummy.

The Mummy,  (which has been called “awesome”) directed by Alex Kurtzman and written by Jon Spaihts, is unearthed on June 9, 2017.  The film is currently in pre-production with Malta being scouted as one of the locations to shoot in.

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)

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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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