Universal Pictures just as they promised has released the first full-length trailer for their newly re-imagined Mummy movie starring Tom Cruise.
The trailer doesn’t give you much about the plot, but does give you the sense of plenty of over the top action. From just watching the trailer the one time, it’s obvious that this won’t be your Brendan Frasier “Mummy” movie from the late 90’s early 2000’s.
You may have noticed in both the teaser and in this first official trailer, Russell Crowe appears as Dr. Henry Jekyll and looks to be that one thread that will combine Universal’s shared monsters franchise they plan on moving forward with.
In an interview Alex Kurtzman explained how and why they decided to bring in the Jekyll character into the Mummy movie.
“The Mummy in a larger context and setting up this organization that has actually been dealing with monsters for longer than any of us have been around, it became clear that we needed somebody to be the voice of that organization. The next thought was like, “Well, it could be Joe Mcgillicuddy, or we could actually go into another character that makes sense organically.” It was a real point of conversation with Tom. If we’re going to bring in Henry Jekyll, how is bringing Henry Jekyll into the mummy story not a detractor from the mummy story? How does Henry Jekyll become part of this story in an organic way? And part of what Tom’s character, Nick, learns about the mummy and about the history of the mummy comes through Jekyll’s very deep understanding of monsters and how monsters have existing quietly in this world for eons.”
Universal’s shared monster cinematic universe will eventually include Javier Bardem as Frankenstein’s Monster and Johnny Depp as The Invisible Man.
Directed By: Alex Kurtzman
Cast: Tom Cruise, Sofia Boutella, Annabelle Wallis, Jake Johnson, Courtney B. Vance and Russell Crowe.
The Mummy Official Synopsis:
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.