Tom Cruise Confirmed to Star in ‘The Mummy’ Reboot With a New Release Date

By January 21, 2016

As a part of Universal’s rebooted shared monsters universe, the studio is already planning on moving forward with several projects including a 2017 reboot of The Mummy and a Bride of Frankenstein film, with Angelina Jolie reportedly being eyed for the title role. After all, if the Marvel Cinematic Universe was a success, doesn’t that mean that every single other shared universe will rake in just as many dollars? At least, that’s what Hasbro and apparently, Universal, seem to think.

Being shepherded along by writers Alex Kurtzman (Star Trek) and Chris Morgan (Fast & Furious), the movie universe will bring together some of the most iconic monsters in film history into one (hopefully cohesive) world. These will include the previously mentioned Mummy and Frankenstein as well as Van Helsing, Dracula, The Wolf Man, The Invisible Man, and more.

After casting Kingsman star Sofia Boutella as the Mummy recently, Tom Cruise has officially signed on to star in the film as well, with Universal moving the film’s release date from March 24th, 2017 to June 9th, 2017. This opens up the possibility of the film being one of the major blockbuster players of next summer, especially with the delay of Star Wars: Episode VIII from its May 2017 slot yesterday into the winter holiday season later in the year. Kurtzman will direct the reboot as well, which is set to take the iconic Mummy character into the modern world.

No official plot details have been revealed other than that, although Cruise is rumored to be playing a heroic, ex-Navy Seal forced to take on Boutella’s iconic character, though the circumstances of their conflict is still unknown. Considering Cruise’s recent success as a blockbuster star, after a few years of disappointing projects from the actor, it looks like he’s falling back into stride quite nicely, and nabbing him as the film’s hero will help to give it the star power that this reboot desperately needs.

Honestly though, while the casting and talent behind-the-scenes is all solid for the most part, I can’t really make myself excited for this one, or even the shared monster universe in general. If this was going to happen, I would have preferred for it to be a kind of gothic-horror franchise similar in tone to that of Penny Dreadful or even Guillermo del Toro’s Crimson Peak, rather than what it sounds like this is all going to be.

The Mummy is set to hit theatres on June 9th, 2017.

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