The upcoming remake of The Mummy now has its female lead, joining Tom Cruise and Sofia Boutella, who is apparently playing the title character. Annabelle Wallis is best known for her work in the series Peaky Blinders, but also appeared in Annabelle and the recently released Grimsby. She will play an archealogist. Plot details are actually vague about this movie so far,though we know that the story is set in the present day. My apprehension about this project isn’t helped by the fact that Jon Spaihts of Prometheus and The Darkest Hour is writing the script.
The Mummy will be the first film [the studio seem to be ignoring Dracula Untold, which is sensible as it wasn’t very good] in an attempt by Universal to develop a Universal Monster Universe with rebooted versions of the classic horror movies they made in the 1930’s and the 1940’s. Alex Kurtzman, who is also probably directing The Mummy, and Chris Morgan are the people who are overseeing this ambitious endeavour. Judging by recent efforts, I’m sure if characters like Dracula and Frankenstein hold much appeal for modern audiences used to screens being dominated by superheroes, but we shall see. I just hope that these films are actual horror films rather than Indiana Jones-inspired action/adventure movies or thinly disguised superhero tales.
The Mummy is due to release on June 9, 2017.