The upcoming 2017 film The Mummy is a reboot from director Alex Kurtzman and screenwriter Jon Spaihts with Tom Cruise currently attached to star. Before that, The Mummy was Stephen Sommers’ 1999 action adventure hit that went on to spawn two sequels and The Scorpion King spinoff series. Prior to those films it was a 1959 horror/action/adventure film starring Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee, and all of this followed Boris Karloff’s turn as the ghoulish character back in 1932.
Perhaps it is apt that a story about a resurrected Egyptian priest itself shows a remarkable inability to stay dormant for very long. This latest incarnation will be the first film in Universal Studios’ new shared monster film universe, giving audiences plenty of chances to reacquaint themselves with the curse of the mummy. While following the same general storyline, we already know that this iteration is set in modern times and will be gender-swapped featuring a female mummy. Along with this, we now have more information about another actor set to join the cast.
According to Variety, actress Annabelle Wallis (The Brothers Grimsby) is currently in talks to join the project alongside Cruise. She is slated to play the role of an archaeologist in the film, presumably one who teams up with Cruise to take down the resurrected mummy (Sofia Boutella). Wallis might be best known for her role as Grace Burgess in Peaky Blinders, though she has also appeared in action films like Sword of Vengeance and X-Men: First Class. She can also be seen in Guy Ritchie’s Knights of the Roundtable: King Arthur, which is set for a 2017 release. There is still no word on the specifics of the plot or if she and/or Cruise are contracted to appear in any of the other films in the shared universe.
Wallis is a solid choice for the role that could easily span multiple films and franchises. Even with the numerous acting credits to her name, she is still a somewhat lesser known actor who has proven to have both dramatic and comedic chops. Wallis also has enough stage presence and charisma to go toe to toe with Cruise as it stands to reason — despite their 22 year age difference — she will also serve as a love interest to his character.
Regardless of their potential relationship, this film’s development will be an interesting one to observe. Universal has clearly worked hard to assemble a creative team that can build out a shared universe that will give them something that resembles what Marvel (and soon, DC) has popularized. It seems they are now focused on locking down their onscreen talent to match. With Cruise and Wallis on board, the first film is shaping up to be another fun, interesting take on a well-worn tale.
The Mummy opens in U.S. theaters on June 9, 2017, followed by a currently-untitled Monster Movie on April 13th, 2018.