Universal Pictures is hoping that their classic monsters universe being brought back to life will be extremely successful, and they’re putting a lot of focus on it. That was obvious when they revealed Johnny Depp was set for The Invisbible Man and Tom Cruise would take the lead in The Mummy. Now, they’ve added even more star power to the latter as Russell Crowe is confirmed for the role of Dr. Jekyll.
It has been confirmed that Crowe will be taking on the role in the remake of The Mummy, which already has Cruise as the lead with Jake Johnson and Courtney B. Vance joining the cast.
Yes…Dr. Henry Jekyll M.D, D.C.L, L.L.D, F.R.S etc… at your service
— Russell Crowe (@russellcrowe) May 6, 2016
That, right there, is proof enough that Crowe is going to be a part of The Mummy remake, but he gave a bit more info on it in a recent interview with Collider. Crowe and Cruise have never starred together in a film, but he’s known the actor for a long time and ready to bring forth a great film.
“Yeah, I’m gonna do it. I’m gonna play Dr. Henry Jekyll, Fellow of the Royal Society. It’s very interesting, what they’re gonna do with that stuff. I’ve had a couple of chats about it with the director (Alex Kurtzman). I’ve known Tom Cruise since 1992, or something like that. When he was married to an Australian, I was really good friends with him. But when he got divorced, I was part of the settlement package, and I went to Nicole [Kidman].”
Crowe has a lot of faith in what Alex Kurtzman is doing off of the script that was written by Jon Spaihts, and he thinks it will bring the film back to its original roots.
Many have wondered if this remake will be more like the original film or play off of the trilogy that starred Brendan Fraser. That set of movies was all about the action and ended up being pretty good, but this version of the film will be quite different.
Comic Book Movie has the synopsis for the film which was released by Universal Pictures, and it has a bit of a cryptic and creepy feel to it. This does make it seem like it is not as focused on action, but more on fear, the storyline, and the unimaginable.
“Thought safely entombed in a crypt deep beneath the unforgiving desert, an ancient queen (Sofia Boutella of Kingsman: The Secret Service and Star Trek Beyond) whose destiny was unjustly taken from her is awakened in our current day, bringing with her malevolence grown over millennia and terrors that defy human comprehension.
“From the sweeping sands of the Middle East through hidden labyrinths under modern-day London, The Mummy brings a surprising intensity and balance of wonder and thrills in an imaginative new take that ushers in a new world of gods and monsters.”
Russell Crowe says that The Mummy is going to be a true horror movie as Universal Pictures has always intended with their monsters. When it comes to this version of The Mummy, Crowe is certain that it is “designed to seriously scare the sh** out of you.”
The Universal Monsters Cinematic Universe is what they are hoping will be an answer to the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the DC Extended Universe. Those are comic book franchises, of course, but Universal Pictures may have something new to add by bringing these classic monsters back to life.
As of now, these are the films that are set for release:
- Dracula Untold – 2014
- The Mummy – 2017
- Untitled Wolf Man film – 2018
- Untitled Creature from the Black Lagoon film – TBA
- Untitled Invisible Man film – TBA
- Untitled Van Helsing film – TBA
- Untitled Bride of Frankenstein film – TBA
Dracula Untold starred Luke Evans and Dominic Cooper, and it was not met with a lot of great response. That is likely why Universal is going big-time for the other films and bringing in names like Cruise, Crowe, and Depp.
Russell Crowe taking on the role of Dr. Jekyll is surely only the start of his time playing that character. It is expected that spin-offs are likely to come from Universal’s monster movie universe, and that could mean more Tom Cruise and Johnny Depp as well. The Mummy won’t be just any old remake as it appears they are going for a really scary horror flick with a classic feel, and the studio hopes it jump starts a new-old universe.
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