Tom Cruise has yet to appear in a superhero/comic book movie, either as part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe or the newly-blooming DC Extended Universe. However, the Mission: Impossible headliner has now joined another cinematic universe altogether: Universal’s Monster Film Franchise, a rebooted version of the studio’s cinematic universe from the first half of the 20th century, wherein supernatural horror genre icons such as Dracula, The Mummy, and The Wolfman crossed paths with one another. Cruise, to be exact, is costarring in the reboot of The Mummy franchise from director Alex Kurtzman: the Star Trek writer/producer who is also shepherding Unviersal’s monster movie universe with Fast & Furious writer/producer Chris Morgan.
Fan-shot and/or paparazzi photos and videos from The Mummy set have already leaked online, showing not only Cruise in action but also costar Annabelle Wallis (Peaky Blinders) and Sofia Boutella (Kingsman: The Secret Service), with the latter in character (and costume) as the film’s namesake. Additional pics and clips from the film’s set have now arrived, further teasing the mayhem that is unleashed by Boutella’s resurrected Egyptian queen during the movie.
The Mummy is currently filming in London and the latest videos/images from the movie’s set tease more of the havoc wreaked by Boutella’s Mummy – like, multiple overturned vehicles, including a double-decker bus, in the city’s streets.
Cruise, who is (in)famous for performing his own stunts, can be seen climbing around said crashed double-decker bus; also visible here are green screen placeholders in place for the CGI that will be added to enhance the crash sequence that is being filmed here, during post-production on the movie. You can check out one such The Mummy set video and some photos, below (for more videos and images, head over to Indian Express and Comic Book).
Arnold Vosloo’s Imhotep in the 1999 version of The Mummy had the ability to conjure massive windstorms (among other supernatural abilities) and Boutella’s Mummy appears to have similar powers in the 2017 reboot, judging by all the massive fans on the movie’s set – not to mention, all the overturned vehicles and photos/videos of extras being blown all about. Imhotep’s powers were impressive enough to behold on the big screen when The Mummy (1999) was released in theaters, so it remains to be seen how much more impressive those Mummy superpowers look with the aid of some 18 years of improvements in digital effects. It’s encouraging to see Kurtzman and his crew including practical elements in that respect though; that includes, knocking over actual vehicles and making practical locations the victim of The Mummy‘s CGI mayhem.
Part of the appeal of Universal’s rebooted monster film universe is that it should eventually allow Boutella’s Mummy to combine her powers with (or use them against) the supernatural abilities of Dracula and other Universal monsters, on the big screen and with the benefit of modern visual effects. First, though, Kurtzman’s The Mummy needs to be a sufficient success at the box office and with general moviegoers, in order to pave the way for such a creature team-up to take place in the future. So, here’s hoping that things work out for the best, in that respect.
The Mummy will open in U.S. theaters on June 9th, 2017, followed by Untitled Universal Monster Franchise Films on April 13th, 2018 and February 15th, 2019.