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One Year Ago This Day – Jake Johnson Brings The Funny to “The Mummy”

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One year ago today, Jake Johnson was cast in “The Mummy.”

One year ago today, only a day after the casting announcement of Annabelle Wallis, came word that Jake Johnson had been added to the cast of The Mummy. The Hollywood Reporter was the first to break the news and add “in a role written specifically for him, Johnson will play a member of the military.” With three months left until Universal’s first Monsters Universe film opens, there is still not much known regarding Jake Johnson’s Sgt. Vail.

However, while Jake Johnson is appearing “in a role written specifically for him,” the character of Sgt. Vail did appear in one of Jon Spaihts’ earliest drafts of The Mummy. I had the opportunity to read said draft last summer and while Sgt. Vail (only present in the opening) does not have a big role, I cannot comment on how big of a role Johnson has as Sgt. Vail in the film as it is today.

*This article previously appeared in “Jake Johnson Brings The Funny to The Mummy” on March 8, 2016.

The Hollywood Reporter has exclusively reported that Jake Johnson of Jurassic World and Fox’s New Girl has joined the cast of The Mummy.  This comes on the heels of last night’s announcement that Annabelle Wallis has joined the 2017 reboot.

The Mummy is shaping up quite nicely with an impressive and inspired cast featuring Tom Cruise and Sofia Boutella as the iconic monster, originally played by Boris Karloff.  With Malta being scouted as one of its locations and filming planning to start this spring/summer, it seems as if we can expect more announcements regarding the first proper entry in the Universal Monsters Universe of shared films. It has been revealed that following his likable turn in last summer’s Jurassic World (a film by Universal), his role in the Alex Kurtzman directed and Jon Spaihts written The Mummy will be that of “a member of the military.”  The role is said to have been written specifically for him.

While not much is known about The Mummy, you may want to check out our “What We Know So Far” about the upcoming film.  We previously wrote about the proposed story regarding a Navy Seal team unearthing the Mummy.  With it being reported that Tom Cruise and Jake Johnson playing soldiers of some sorts, that story seems to be accurate.

Jake Johnson’s other feature credits include comedies 21 Jump Street, Neighbors and a starring turn in Let’s Be Cops.  With Johnson’s addition to the cast, it seems likely that The Mummy will feature a similar blend of action/adventure and humor just like the 1999 film.

He is repped by UTA, 3 Arts Entertainment and Jackoway Tyerman.

Executive vp Jon Mone and vp Jay Polidoro are overseeing production on behalf of Universal.

Stay tuned to Universal Monsters Universe for more info!

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 (4)

  1. Would you say that we should have official word about a sequel to The Mummy this year?! It would be fantastic if Universal fast tracks it….similar to how Paramount was working on Mission Impossible 6 around the time Rogue Nation came out….of course we all know there were some delays, but the project was generally always moving forward on some level. I also would really hope it happens soon because Tom Cruise has a lot of potential BIG projects coming up, and I don’t want him to quit making Mission and Mummy/monster movies….I want those for YEARS to come.

    • I honestly don’t see a Mummy sequel announcement happening anytime soon. I’d say it’s much more likely we’ll see an announcement regarding the upcoming Universal Monsters films. However, if “The Mummy” does really well, I would not be surprised if Universal would want another one. However, again, I’d think we’re more likely to get another Universal Monsters film before a sequel to “The Mummy.”

  2. Yeah, I expect the next Universal monster film right after The Mummy, to be another monster, but like you said, if the first Mummy does spectacular business (at least $600 million global box office IMO), I think Universal would announce plans this year to have a sequel come out in 2019 or 2020. What say you?


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