After several years of delays, Universal is finally moving forward with their Untitled Mummy Reboot. Last month, the studio confirmed that Tom Cruise is set to star, with Sofia Boutella portraying the title creature, and the studio setting a June 9, 2017 release date. Today we have word from The Hollywood Reporter that Annabelle Wallis has signed on to play the female lead alongside Tom Cruise.
The site reports that Tom Cruise is playing “a special forces soldier (or former soldier)” in the reboot, which is set in modern-day. The previous Mummy movies starring Brendan Fraser were all period pieces, but this project will fall in line with 2014’s Dracula Untold, which ended with a prologue that brought the title character into present day. The Untitled Mummy Reboot will be the first movie in the studio’s new monster universe that will be set entirely in present day.
Variety reports that Annabelle Wallis is playing an archaeologist in the movie, although no further details about her character were made available. The studio hasn’t released any official plot details as of yet, but a rumor surfaced in October 2014 that claimed the story centers on Navy SEALS in Iraq. That report was never confirmed, but now that the cast is starting to come together, hopefully the studio will reveal a plot synopsis soon.
Sofia Boutella will play the title creature, marking the first time in Universal history that a female has portrayed the Mummy. Universal’s original 1932 classic The Mummy starred Boris Karloff as the title character, with Arnold Vosloo taking over the role for the studio’s 1999 remake The Mummy and its 2001 sequel The Mummy Returns. Jet Li stepped in to portray The Mummy in 2008’s The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor.
Alex Kurtzman is directing from a script by Jon Spaihts, with the director producing alongside Chris Morgan and Sean Daniel. We reported last month that Johnny Depp will star in the studio’s reboot of The Invisible Man, which is being developed along with several other projects such as Van Helsing, The Bride of Frankenstein and The Wolfman. Annabelle Wallis is perhaps best known for her role as Grace Burgess on Peaky Blinders, and she will next be seen on the big screen this weekend in The Brothers Grimsby.