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Not content to sit out of the “shared universe” craze taking the silver screen by storm, Universal diving into their library of movie monsters to build a cinematic world where these classic creatures all live. One of the movies in this new series will be The Mummy reboot, led by Tom Cruise. Over the last couple months, other actors have been announced to join the Mission: Impossible star, and now there’s word that Oscar winner Russell Crowe might be added as a famous literary scientist.
Crowe, soon to be seen in The Nice Guys, is reportedly in early talks to join the new Mummy movie, but not just as any random person. According to Deadline, he would be playing a “Jekyll-like role,” referring to the character Dr. Jekyll and his monstrous counterpart, Mr. Hyde, from Robert Louis Stevenson’s 1886 novel. If a deal is worked out, Crowe would appear alongside Tom Cruise, Sofia Boutella, Annabelle Wallis, Jake Johnson, Marwan Kenzari and Courtney B. Vance. Variety also reports that the plan is to eventually give Crowe’s character his own standalone adventure in this universe.
Because the new Universal monster movies are using the real deals rather than imitations, it can be presumed that Crowe’s characters will indeed be Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, though he’ll be seen in the modern day rather than his traditional 19th century setting. At some point during The Mummy, Crowe’s character will take some kind of formula that turns him into Hyde, which will no doubt complicate fighting the ancient Egyptian evil. If that spinoff gets off the ground, then we’ll see Hyde, or whatever he ends up being called, causing chaos on his own and Jekyll struggling to control his darker self.
While the original Mummy trilogy starring Brendan Frasier took place between the 1920s-1940s, the new Mummy movie is taking the monstrous battle to the present day. Plot details concerning the reboot have been scarce, but Sofia Boutella will play the eponymous monster, while Tom Cruise will play the Special Forces operative protagonist who finds himself pitted against her. Annabelle Wallis is said to be an archaeologist, and Jake Johnson will be a member of the military serving as the movie’s comedic relief. Perhaps this Jekyll character will be part of the team that discovers the Mummy, or conversely, a competitor with his own resources. Either way, at some point during the story is when he transforms, either to combat the Mummy or merely succumbing to the pursuit of science or his inner demons.
Directed by Alex Kurtzman, the Mummy reboot is set for release on June 9, 2017, The other movies in Universal’s shared Monster cinematic universe include 2014’s Dracula Untold, The Invisible Man, Wolf Man and more.