“The Mummy” featured at CinemaCon 2017.
CinemaCon, having started in 2011, has quickly developed a notoriety for being the place to be to learn new and exciting industry news. Taking place in Las Vegas, CinemaCon gathers some of the biggest stars, producers, and directors to host presentations featuring some of the most anticipated movies coming out in the present year and next. With Alex Kurtzman’s The Mummy opening in just under three months, it’s not surprising that Universal’s first installment would be given a proper presentation, along with one of cinema’s hottest stars – Sofia Boutella, being awarded the CinemaCon Female Star of Tomorrow title.
Universal began their presentation on The Mummy with a sizzle reel that showcased their classic movie monsters such as Dracula, Frankenstein’s Monster, and The Wolf Man. Continuing their iconic legacy of monsters, Universal aims to re-introduce the Universal Monsters in an exciting way with Alex Kurtzman’s The Mummy. On hand to speak about the upcoming movie was Sofia Boutella, Annabelle Wallis, Jake Johnson, and director/producer/creative architect Alex Kurtzman. While headlining star Tom Cruise was not present at CinemaCon for the Universal presentation, he did deliver a video message that preceded exclusive and never before seen footage. Cruise described The Mummy as a “bold, romantic, terrifying, epic monster film” following in the grand Universal tradition dating all the way back to the 1920’s.
Aside from learning the death of a character in The Mummy (we know), more was revealed about the nature of Sofia Boutella’s character. Ahmanet, before becoming Universal’s bandaged monster, was a princess who was promised she’d be Pharaoh, but that was unjustly taken from her. “She knew how to summon gods… but unfortunately summoned the wrong god and that stays with her” said Boutella. Ahmanet goes on to be buried alive as punishment for killing the king. Boutella’s terrifying turn as The Mummy interestingly almost didn’t happen due to the makeup requirements of the role. Having just played Jaylah in the make-up heavy Star Trek Beyond, it took Alex Kurtzman to convince her which would ultimately lead to her working with the award nominated Elizabeth Georgiou. Ultimately, Sofia Boutella would go on to considering her role as The Mummy “an honor” as she is the first woman to bring to life the next generation of Universal Monsters.
The Mummy sizzle reel and new trailer (which is debuting later this week) went on to receive a wild amount of praise from everyone in attendance. The new trailer goes to show more of the nature of this installment being a unique blend of action AND HORROR! For those worried that this would either be a retread of Stephen Sommers’ 1999 version or a Universal Monsters picture by way of Mission: Impossible would be wrong. “To be able to stand in the shadows of those giants… it was an incredible experience. Amazing. And having Tom Cruise (as a character with added mystery) in the movie, doesn’t hurt.” said Alex Kurtzman.
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.