The Mummy: Russell Crowe Confirms Role as Dr. Jekyll

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For several years now, Universal has been working hard to assemble a shared universe property based on their lineup of classic movie monsters. And after a couple false starts (2010's The Wolfman, Dracula Untold), the studio has officially announced a slate of films for their Monster Cinematic Universe - starting with a reboot of The Mummy in 2017.

The past few weeks has seen news surrounding The Mummy pick up steam, first with the announcement that the film would feature a female Mummy played by Sofia Boutella (Kingsman: The Secret Service), and followed by landing Tom Cruise as its lead. Alex Kurtzman - who, along with Fast & Furious movies’ screenwriter Chris Morgan, is overseeing this shared universe - is directing the film from a screenplay by Jon Spaihts (co-writer of Prometheus and the upcoming Doctor Strange).

Like Universal's previous Mummy reboot, this film is expected to fall more on the side of action-adventure than suspenseful horror, with Cruise playing a former soldier (possibly an ex-Navy SEAL) forced to do battle with Boutella's monster. More importantly, it's serving as the launchpad for Universal's monster-verse, which will tie together the respective stories and worlds of all their monsters. And to do this there will need to be other characters introduced from across the Universal Monsters catalogue who can open of this vast universe.

The first of these shared universe characters will be Dr. Jekyll as played by Russell Crowe. This had been previously rumored, but the actor has now confirmed his involvement via Twitter:

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