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Sofia Boutella Talks Initially Turning Down Role of “The Mummy” & More!

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Sofia Boutella Talks “The Mummy” with Malibu Magazine.

Sofia Boutella

Photographed by Zoey Grossman | Styled by Sean Knight

Malibu Magazine recently spoke with Sofia Boutella (Ahmanet/The Mummy) for their May/June issue. Covering her life as a dancer, to her time spent contemplating becoming a housekeeper, to her fantastic turn in Kingsman, the Malibu Magazine interview is well worth picking up and giving a read. In her interview with Zan Romanoff, Boutella speaks about her upcoming role in The Mummy and of how she initially turned down the role. It’s hard to believe that The Mummy role may have gone to someone else, and it’s interesting to speculate who else Universal may have had in mind, but ultimately Boutella accepted. But why did she initially say no? Well, after spending months in heavy makeup in Star Trek Beyond, the idea of spending several more months under heavy makeup seemed worrisome. “I was afraid to play a monster. I was afraid it would stick to me, as a woman, and [I would] not work again. Who are the women who played monsters who did anything after? I didn’t see any examples.” said Boutella.

However, after speaking with director and Universal Monsters creative architect, Alex Kurtzman, her fears of playing just a monster were soon put to rest. Understanding that Universal Monsters were never just monsters, Kurtzman had a character who was “a princess betrayed, a pharaoh’s daughter who’d spent her whole life preparing to rule, only to have the throne stolen from her when her widowed father remarries, and his new wife bears him a son whom he names as his heir.”

Devoting herself entirely to her new role as Ahmanet – The Mummy, Boutella would look to Kathy Bates, Glenn Close, and Sissy Spacek for inspiration, specifically their roles in MiseryFatal Attraction, and Carrie respectively.

With four weeks left until The Mummy, expect to learn more about the film and characters through the main cast as they promote the upcoming Universal Monsters film.

[Don’t forget to read our profile on Sofia Boutella in “A New Kind of Actress and Mummy.”]

As always, stay tuned to Universal Monsters Universe for the latest on The Mummy and the Universal Monsters Universe of films.

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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