Sofia Boutella is in talks to play The Mummy in the upcoming Universal Pictures reboot
Following a report last month that Tom Cruise is in negotations to star in Universal Pictures‘ upcoming The Mummy reboot, The Hollywood Reporter today brings word that Kingsman: The Secret Service star Sofia Boutella has entered talks to play the title role! It was previously rumored that director Alex Kurtzman’s take may include a female version of the monster and that now appears to be exactly the route the reboot is headed.
The Mummy offers a modern take on the legendary creature with plans for The Mummy to lead into Universal Pictures’ envisioned “shared universe” of monster movies. Kurtzman is set to direct the film from a script by Jon Spaihts (Prometheus). The Mummy reboot is set for release on March 24, 2017 with another Untitled Universal Monster Movie set to follow it on March 30, 2018.
The Mummy was made famous on the big screen by Boris Karloff in Karl Freund’s 1932 feature. Subsequent sequels to the original The Mummy saw Tom Tyler (who played Captain Marvel/Shazam in the original 1941 serials) and later Lon Chaney Jr. playing a different mummy than the one Karloff played. Stephen Sommers’ more recent The Mummy and The Mummy Returns films set Arnold Vosloo in the title role. Jet Li then played he villain in Rob Cohen’s The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor.
Sofia Boutella can be seen on the big screen next year in Justin Lin’s Star Trek Beyond. Although official details of her character have not yet been revealed, the actress was spotted on set back in August in some very detailed alien makeup. Star Trek Beyond hits the big screen July 22, 2016.
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