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Sofia Boutella Talks Karloff and The Humanity Behind The Universal Monsters!

espn spotSofia Boutella as The Mummy. Photo by Chiabella James.
Sofia Boutella

Sofia Boutella as Princess Ahmanet. Photo by Chiabella James.

Sofia Boutella is having a universally wonderful year. Coming off of fan favorite and critically enjoyed performances in KingsmanTiger Raid, and Star Trek Beyond, Boutella will next be seen in this June’s The Mummy. It’s a film we are all excited for and Sofia Boutella will soon inherit the mantle of Universal’s bandaged monster; she’s following in the terrifying footsteps of Boris Karloff, Tom Tyler, Lon Chaney Jr., and Christopher Lee. (Should we mention Arnold Vosloo and Jet Li?) On top of that, Sofia Boutella could also be seen in Universal’s Atomic Blond, starring opposite Charlize Theron (the trailer could be viewed here.) So, all things considered, it’s no wonder that the dancer/actress has been named CinemaCon’s Female Star of Tomorrow.

Before Sofia Boutella receives the Female Star of Tomorrow Award at CinemaCon (March 27-30 in Las Vegas), she recently spoke with Independent about her career so far, as well as speaking about her love of Boris Karloff and his performance in the original Universal Monsters picture.

“I absolutely loved the original 1930s film with Boris Karloff, and when I first read the script I wondered whether it would be like that film or the Brendan Fraser films it would take after. When I met with director Alex Kurtzman he said it would be honoring the original film. Karloff was a phenomenal actor, he was able to humanize these characters. He played a lot of monsters and strange creatures. He had this humanity in the way he acted that made all these characters so fascinating to watch. With me playing ‘The Mummy’ I thought I needed to find that quality because playing a monster is not enough, we need to find why monsters are monsters, that is what is interesting to me.”

It’s exciting to see what Sofia Boutella has to say about her involvement in Universal’s first installment in the Universal Monsters Universe as it’s easy to see that she is a fan of the classics. Many fans have become disheartened with Universal’s attempts at reviving their classic monsters as certain entries have strayed away from the spirit of what the original films were about. However, it’s been said time and time again that the current Universal Monsters Universe of films will aim to recapture the spirit of the classics, along with “honoring the original [films].”

I, for one, cannot wait to see CinemaCon’s Female Star of Tomorrow bring to life Princess Ahmanet, aka The Mummy on screen this June. Sofia Boutella looks to be a worthy successor in the line of great actors that have portrayed Universal’s Mummy. From Imhotep to Kharis, we now have Ahmanet! Who else is excited to welcome this monster to the new world of gods and monsters?

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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