Following her breakout turn in Matthew Vaughn’s Kingsman: The Secret Service last year, Sofia Boutella is set to return to the big screen later this month in Star Trek Beyond as the alien, Jaylah, one of the most exciting and mysterious new additions to the film’s cast. After that though, Boutella is going to be giving her take on one of the most iconic movie monsters of all time in next year’s reboot of The Mummy.
The film, which will be acting like a stepping stone for the entirety of Univeral’s new shared Monsters cinematic universe, is set to star Tom Cruise, Russell Crowe, Jake Johnson, and more alongside Boutella. Filming on the project is officially underway as well, and with it, comes our first look at Boutella’s version of the iconic character.
Check out the set images below (via JustJared):
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From the beginning, Boutella seemed like the most interesting casting decision of the film, not only making The Mummy a female villain this time around, but also presumably going to give the character a bit more of a physical presence this time around as well, if she’s at all going to be like some of Boutella’s previous roles that is.
The new movie will be directed by Alex Kurtzmann, and according to Russell Crowe is designed to “scare the shit out of you,” which would certainly be a nice change of pace after some of the more recent modern updates of classic properties and monsters. With Cruise as the lead hero, you know we’re going to get a lot of action out of this reboot, but I’d like it if they at least tried to pack in some actual horror along the way as well.
Here’s the film’s official synopsis also:
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 crypt deep beneath the unforgiving desert, an ancient queen (Sofia Boutella) 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 set to hit theatres on June 9th, 2017.
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