After being teased with a 15 second preview last week, the full trailer for director Alex Kurtzman's reboot of Universal's THE MUMMY franchise has now arrived online to give a glimpse of the horror this new take on the bandage-wrapped monster will be bringing to the modern world.
Although it runs 2 and a half minutes, this first trailer for THE MUMMY mostly focuses on one particular action scene, which is exactly the sort of thing you'd expect to see in a Tom Cruise action film... But Ethan Hunt and Jack Reacher have never had to deal with anything like Cruise's character finds himself up against here.
Scripted by Jon Spaihts, THE MUMMY has the following synopsis:
Thought safely entombed in a crypt deep beneath the unforgiving desert, an ancient queen 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.
Cruise's co-stars include Annabelle Wallis, Jake Johnson, Courtney B. Vance, Marwan Kenzari, and Javier Botet, with Russell Crowe as Dr. Henry Jekyll and Sofia Boutella as The Mummy.
It's Crowe's Jekyll who welcomes us to the "new world of gods and monsters" in the trailer, a line that is both a nod to the original THE BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN and the fact that this film marks the beginning of the Universal Monsters Cinematic Universe, which will involve reboots of all of Universal's most popular classic monster movies. The Mummy, Frankenstein's Monster, The Wolfman, The Creature from the Black Lagoon, Dracula, The Invisible Man, they're all coming back, and they're all going to be crossing paths with each other.
While the filmmakers have assured us that these reboots will be horror movies, the trailer for THE MUMMY also makes it clear that these will be horror movies with blockbuster size action. Which is fine by me.
THE MUMMY hits theatre screens on June 9, 2017.