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Russell Crowe confirms his role in The Mummy, promises scares

05.09.2016by: Cody Hamman

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It was only revealed five days ago that Russell Crowe was in talks to join the cast of director Alex Kurtzman's reboot of THE MUMMY, but the actor has clearly embraced the project whole-heartedly, as he's already out there hyping it up. Talking to Collider, Crowe said that Kurtzman's take on the material is "designed to seriously scare the shit out of you." 

THE MUMMY provides the foundation upon which Kurtzman and fellow producer Chris Morgan's Universal Monster Cinematic Universe will be built upon, an endeavor that will see all of Universal's famous monsters getting rebooted for a new series of films in which they will be interacting with each other. That is, of course, not unheard of, because the monsters already shared a universe back in their heyday, crossing over with each other in such films as FRANKENSTEIN MEETS THE WOLF MAN, HOUSE OF FRANKENSTEIN, HOUSE OF DRACULA, and let's not forget the Abbott and Costello films.

Crowe praised the approach being taken to this new Cinematic Universe, saying 

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[s] interweave into each other’s stories, it’s fantastic."

When the news of Crowe's involvement first broke, it was said that he would be playing a "Jekyll-like role". It's a bit more than just "Jekyll-like", as Crowe openly revealed that he will be playing Dr. Henry Jekyll, Fellow of the Royal Society. 

Jekyll's appearance in THE MUMMY could very well be setting up a MR. HYDE movie to be part of the franchise, but that hasn't been confirmed.

Crowe's co-stars in THE MUMMY include Tom Cruise, Sofia Boutella, Annabelle Wallis, Jake Johnson, Courtney B. Vance, and Marwan Kenzari. Scripted by PROMETHEUS writer Jon Spaihts, the film has the following synopsis: 

Thought safely entombed in a crypt deep beneath the unforgiving desert, an ancient queen (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 arrive in theatres on June 9, 2017.

Annabelle Wallis

Annabelle Wallis

Extra Tidbit: What do you think of Crowe playing Jekyll?
Source: Collider

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