Earlier this week, the news came that Russell Crowe was in talks to play Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde in next year’s planned The Mummy reboot, which already stars Tom Cruise, Sofia Boutella, Jake Johnson, Annabelle Wallis, and more. Though nothing was made official, the report stated that Crowe’s Jekyll could be one of many characters appearing in the film, before going on to have much larger roles in the rest of Universal’s shared monster movie universe.
While recently speaking with Collider as well, Crowe confirmed that he will be playing the character in the film, which is set to be directed by Alex Kurtzman:
“Yeah, I’m gonna do it. I’m gonna play Dr. Henry Jekyll, Fellow of the Royal Society. It’s very interesting, what they’re gonna do with that stuff. I’ve had a couple of chats about it with the director (Alex Kurtzman). I’ve known Tom Cruise since 1992, or something like that. When he was married to an Australian, I was really good friends with him. But when he got divorced, I was part of the settlement package, and I went to Nicole [Kidman].”
When asked about having Kurtzman at the helm as well, one of J.J. Abrams’ long-running collaborators who’s only directed one other film thus far (the fine, but forgettable People Like Us), Crowe shared his enthusiasm in the veteran writer and director’s talents and vision for the film:
“Yeah. He really understands the world and he’s been around a long time, on a lot of big projects. He knows how to get something from an idea on the page onto a soundstage and into a camera. Sure, I would imagine he’s scared shitless right about now, and having a hard time sleeping because he’s got ten million things on his mind right now. But when we started talking about this idea, there were a few things I put up in the air and he picked up on them. Those kinds of creative collaborative conversations, if they’re explosive like that from the first time you start talking, and somebody says something that goes off in your mind and that bumps up something that you say and that other person bounces off of that, you’re actually in a really good place. How they’ve pulled all of this stuff forward into a contemporary world and how they’re building it out from there, and how all of the different character interweave into each other’s stories, it’s fantastic.”
While the new reboot will unfortunately be placed in the modern world, as Cruise’s Navy Seal character runs across the iconic monster while hunting terrorists, Crowe was quick to separate the new film’s tone from the more recent, Brendan Fraser-led movies, saying that the reboot is ““designed to seriously scare the shit out of you.” Which is a nice piece of news to reveal, considering some of Universal’s more recent monster movies have leaned far too heavily towards the action genre than anything else (looking at you Dracula Untold).
The Mummy also marks the first time that Crowe and Cruise will ever be in the same film together, which is surprising considering the length and profile of both of their careers over the past few decades. While I still have my reservations about the film, most of which coming from the modern day setting, having a reliable star like Crowe on board is a comforting addition to the new, cinematic universe. Now we’ll just have to wait and hope that The Mummy ends up living up to the promise of its cast.
The Mummy will hit theatres on June 8th, 2017.
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