It was almost 85 years ago that Universal Pictures released The Mummy starring Boris Karloff, who had just a year earlier appear as the Monster in Frankenstein. Coincidentally, Universal also released Dracula in 1931, and in the space of a couple of years, Dracula, Frankenstein and The Mummy would be joined by Murders in the Rue Morgue, The Old Dark House, The Invisible Man, Werewolf of London and Bride of Frankenstein, firmly ensconcing Universal with the reputation of being the House of Fright. Eight decades later, they’re of course trying to do it all again, starting with The Mummy.
According to Variety, Annabelle Wallis is in talks to join The Mummy as the female lead opposite Tom Cruise. Well, maybe second female lead when you consider that the Mummy itself is going to be played by Kingsman: The Secret Service‘s blade runner Sofia Boutella. But back to Wallis, who you may know from the series Peaky Blinders, or from playing Jane Seymour, third wife of King Henry VIII on The Tudors. She’s also appeared in the James Wan film Annabelle, and will be seen shortly in the new Sasha Baron Cohen comedy The Brothers Grimsby. She was also the co-ed that Professor X uses his mutation knowledge to flirt with in X-Men: First Class.
In case you’re unawares, The Mummy represents Universal’s attempt to launch a shared “monsters universe.” Unlike the previous Mummy remake, Stephen Sommers‘ 1999 film and it’s associated sequels and spin-offs, this Mummy from director Alex Kurtzman and screenwriter Jon Spaihts will not be a serial stylized adventure film, and it will also take place in the modern day. It’s rumored that Cruise’s character will be some kind of retired special forces soldier who ends up fighting the Mummy for some reason. There’s also a rumor suggesting that Cruise may become the “Nick Fury” of the Universal Monsters shared universe, but no firm details are yet known.
The Mummy will likely begin production soon for its June 9, 2017 release date.
Source: Comic Book Movie