Universal Pictures has released a new, behind-the-scenes featurette showcasing the scale of The Mummy as well as the locations featured in the film. It has been five years since the studio first announced plans to release a modern-day reboot of The Mummy franchise. Instead of taking place in the early 20th century — as the previous Mummy films did — the new movie, directed by Star Trek series writer Alex Kurtzman, is set in the present-day, with only flashbacks to the past.
The Mummy stars Tom Cruise as cursed mercenary Nick Morton, who unwittingly discovers the tomb that holds Princess Ahmanet/The Mummy, played by Sofia Boutella (Kingsman: The Secret Service). She presumably becomes the impetus for unleashing the world of gods and monsters, as Russell Crowe’s Dr. Jekyll (and Mr. Hyde) so eloquently says in the trailers. The film also stars Annabelle Wallis (King Arthur: Legend of the Sword) as Jenny Halsey, Jake Johnson (New Girl) as Sergeant Chris Vail, and Courtney B. Vance (American Crime Story) as Colonel Greenway, among several others.
Ahead of The Mummy‘s release next week, Universal Pictures has unveiled a new featurette that emphasizes the sheer scale of the film as well as the locations that audiences will see on screen. The cast and crew filmed all over the world — from Namibia to France to London — and the featurette shows the dedication the production crew took to build as many practical sets as possible, as well as filming a major sequence in a Zero G plane.
Universal’s most recent attempt at rebooting one of their iconic monsters was with Gary Shore’s Dracula Untold in 2014. It was originally pegged as being the launch pad for the Universal Pictures’ Monsters universe — a shared universe that incorporates films based on their iconic Universal Monsters from the Hollywood’s golden age — though those plans were eventually scrapped. Instead, the upcoming Mummy reboot will kick off the studio’s recently announced Dark Universe.
The next chapter in Universal’s Dark Universe hits theaters in two years, with Bill Condon’s Bride of Frankenstein, starring Javier Bardem as Frankenstein’s monster. Soon thereafter, Johnny Depp will headline his own monster film as the Invisible Man. It’s unclear what role Crowe, Cruise, and Boutella will have post-The Mummy, but it seems likely that the studio would eventually like to see these characters come together in an ensemble film sometime in the future. Of course, these plans presumably hinge on The Mummy‘s success, both critically and commercially.
Source: Universal Pictures
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