Now that The Mummy is nearly in theaters, Universal is dedicating more attention to building its Dark Universe. At least five more movies are already in some form of development, with even more monsters confirmed to pop up. Only a few of creatures following in the footsteps of Sofia Boutella's Mummy have been cast, but Alex Kurtzman, The Mummy director and mastermind of this franchise, already has some actors in mind he'd like to appear in the Dark Universe movies. When asked who his top picks would be, Kurtzman responded:
Whether or not Alex Kurtzman is able to recruit one of these actors, let alone all of them, into the Dark Universe remains to be seen, but at least he has a good eye for blockbuster talent. Of the names he mentioned, only Angelina Jolie has any kind of connection to the Dark Universe, as she's reportedly being eyed to play the Bride of Frankenstein. The only other non-Mummy roles that have been officially cast so far are Johnny Depp as the Invisible Man and Javier Bardem as Frankenstein's monster.
Both Jennifer Lawrence and Michael Fassbender co-starred in the X-Men "First Class" trilogy as Mystique and Magneto, respectively. Separately, Jennifer Lawrence rose to fame playing Katniss Everdeen in the Hunger Games series, while Michael Fassbender has sunk his teeth into blockbusters like Prometheus, Alien: Covenant and Assassin's Creed. Given their stardom, I imagine if either of them were to join the Dark Universe, it would be as the main protagonists. On the flip side, I could see Fassbender playing an interesting version of The Wolfman.
While Angelina Jolie's inclusion in the Dark Universe is hardly set in stone, she's left her blockbuster mark through fare like the original Tomb Raider movies, Mr. & Mrs. Smith, Salt and Maleficent, so he would certainly be a good pick for the Bride of Frankenstein. As for Charlize Theron, she has plenty of action experience from Aeon Flux, Mad Max: Fury Road, The Fate of the Furious, the upcoming Atomic Blonde and more, so fighting one of these monsters would be an appropriate step up.
Alex Kurtzman also mentioned in his interview with Fandom that in addition to the already-announced monsters, the Dark Universe will also feature the Hunchback of Notre Dame, the Phantom of the Opera and Dracula at some point. With all these beings, as well as the protagonists who will be fighting them, Universal will have a lot of roles to hand to A-listers in the coming years, be it the above actors or other big names from Hollywood.
The Dark Universe officially launches when The Mummy begins its early screenings tomorrow.
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