Universal is hoping their reboot of The Mummy will serve as a launching point for their shared universe of classic monsters, and while we’ve known for awhile that Tom Cruise would be headlining the film with Sofia Boutella (Kingsman: The Secret Service) in the role of the titular bandaged baddie, the plot has been kept under wraps – ha!
Earlier today, Universal released an official synopsis for The Mummy, which doesn’t really tell us anything that we didn’t already know. But hey, at least it’s official:
Thought safely entombed in a crypt deep beneath the unforgiving desert, an ancient queen (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.
Directed by Alex Kurtzman from a script by Jon Spaihts (Prometheus), The Mummy will shamble into theaters on June 9, 2017. Annabelle Wallis, Jake Johnson and Courtney B. Vance round out the cast, with Russell Crowe in talks to appear in the role of Dr. Jekyll – and presumably his alter-ego, the murderous Mr. Hyde.
If successful, The Mummy would be the first installment of an interconnected series based around many of the studio’s classic monsters, with Johnny Depp rumored for the role of The Invisible Man, and films based on The Wolfman, The Bride of Frankenstein and The Creature From the Black Lagoon are all being considered.
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