A cursed Tom Cruise begins his transformation into a monster in the final trailer for The Mummy. For the past few months, Universal Pictures has been slowly taking the wraps off of its June 9 reboot of The Mummy, which launches a resurgence of the studio’s famed monster movie genre that kicked off in the 1930s with film legends Boris Karloff (Frankenstein, The Mummy) and Bela Lugosi (Dracula).
Through trailers and behind the scenes featurettes, Universal has been setting up The Mummy reboot – which also features Sofia Boutella as Princess Ahmanet aka. The Mummy in this version – and how Cruise’s character Nick Morton suffers a sudden, violent death and mysterious rebirth.
Universal has now unveiled the final trailer for The Mummy, which begins with familiar yet still-thrilling footage of Morton’s cargo plane carrying the Mummy’s sarcophagus plunging from the sky. Waking up in morgue of bagged bodies without a scratch, Morton is asking for an explanation why he’s alive, learning from Dr. Jekyll (Russell Crowe) of his curse by the “ultimate evil.” Welcomed to “a new world of gods and monsters” by Jekyll, Morton soon finds himself in a battle with the mummified version of Ahmanet in modern-day London. But, as Morton discovers, he has powers he didn’t have before, and even displays double pupils in each eye, much like his monstrous adversary. Ultimately, Jekyll (who also turns into Mr. Hyde in the film) says, “It takes a monster to defeat a monster.”
The final trailer introduces new bits of action from the film, which are naturally thrilling knowing that adrenaline junkie Cruise loves practical effects and doing his own stunts. And while we’ve seen hordes of rats in previous trailers, it doesn’t dull the shock to see oodles of them crawling over Cruise in one brief scene. Knowing Cruise, he allowed the rodents to crawl over him for real, again showing that he’ll go to every possible length to thrill his audiences. And like he did in Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, Cruise in the trailer submerges himself in a spectacular underwater scene, but this time he’s being pursued by other mummified creatures.
Under the direction of Alex Kurtzman, The Mummy promises to be one of the most exciting – and horrifying – movies of the summer, and this final trailer shows that Universal is clearly serious about its planned Monster Movie universe. Clearly it’s not a one-and-done proposition: Beauty and the Beast director Bill Condon‘s remake of The Bride of Frankenstein is on the way, and Johnny Depp is attached to star in The Invisible Man. Judging the excitement the studio is drumming up with its first reboot with The Mummy, the films can’t come soon enough.
Source: Universal Pictures