It seems like everyday a new reboot or long awaited sequel gets announced. We’ve seen streaming services like Netflix bring back previously cancelled series, and even movies like Independence Day get their sequel after 20 years. One of the most recent of these sequels is the upcoming Mummy reboot, starring Tom Cruise. Now it appears that the film has booked another huge star for its already impressive cast.
Collider recently sat down with actor Russell Crowe, where they asked him to confirm or deny the rumors of his involvement in the sequel. He had to say the following:
Yeah, I’m gonna do it. I’m gonna play Dr. Henry Jekyll, Fellow of the Royal Society. It’s very interesting, what they’re gonna do with that stuff. I’ve had a couple of chats about it with the director (Alex Kurtzman).There you go, ladies and gents. Russell Crowe will officially be freaking us all out in The Mummy.
We had previously reported that the Oscar Winner had been rumored to be making an appearance in The Mummy. The original rumor was that Russell Crowe, who can next be seen in theaters alongside Ryan Gosling in The Nice Guys, would be playing a "Jekyll-like" character. But it turns out that he’ll be playing the actual Dr. Henry Jekyll (and presumably the monstrous villain Edward Hyde).
Of course, Russell Crowe’s Dr. Jekyll will be unique to the latest versions we’ve seen on the big screen. While the original Mummy films were set in the 1920’s-1940’s, the upcoming Tom Cruise version will be set in the modern day. This will help in setting apart The Mummy from it’s predecessors, as well as giving the story of Jekyll and Hyde a new perspective. Most film versions of the good Doctor are period pieces, reflecting the setting of the original 1886 novella, Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. In this case, we’ll be able to see both characters in the modern world, which should be a welcomed change. Plus, Russell Crowe is a badass (when he’s not singing in Les Miserables).
The Mummy first hit theaters in 1999, starring Brendan Frasier. The action-adventure period piece was a surprise success, grossing a total of $416 million worldwide on a fairly modest budget of $80 million. Because of this success, The Mummy became a full-fledged franchise. A sequel, The Mummy Returns, was released in 2001, and a prequel/spinoff movie was also produced called The Scorpion King, starring The Rock. Additionally, a second sequel was released in 2008 called The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor to negative critical response, although it was fairly successful at the box office.
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