Russell Crowe Confirms He Will Star In The Mummy Reboot Alongside Tom Cruise.
The New Zealand-born actor had been strongly rumoured to have been cast as Dr. Henry Jekyll, alter ego of Mr. Hyde, in the movie, which is set to incorporate a number of classic monsters from Universal Studios’ history, including the Invisible Man, Wolf Man and Creature from the Black Lagoon.
Russell revealed his involvement in a recent interview with Collider.com, claiming he will also be getting his own spin-off movie that will focus on the Robert Louis Stevenson character.
“Yeah, I’m gonna do it. I’m gonna play Dr. Henry Jekyll, Fellow of the Royal Society,” he said. “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).”
Adding that the movie would differ greatly from the Brendan Fraser-fronted The Mummy trilogy, Russell insisted the reboot is “designed to seriously scare the s**t out of you”.
The Mummy is rumoured to be set in the modern day, with Tom Cruise playing Navy Seal Tyler Colt, who is hunting terrorists when he is recruited to enlist the help of the band of monsters to battle an awakened ancient queen, played by Sofia Boutella.
The film is set to rival the Marvel Avenger’s franchise, with each character eventually getting their own spin-off movie, according to Digital Spy.
Reports suggest Johnny Depp is also due to star in The Mummy reboot as the Invisible Man, alongside Sam Worthington and Jurassic World’s Jake Johnson.
Russell is looking forward to working with director Alex, who he believes must be grappling with the enormity of the new project and its various spin-offs.
The actor explained, “He really understands the world and he’s been around a long time, on a lot of big projects. He knows how to get something from an idea on the page onto a soundstage and into a camera.”
“I would imagine he’s scared s**tless right about now, and having a hard time sleeping because he’s got ten million things on his mind right now,” he laughed.
“But when we started talking about this idea, there were a few things I put up in the air and he picked up on them. Those kinds of creative collaborative conversations, if they’re explosive like that from the first time you start talking, and somebody says something that goes off in your mind and that bumps up something that you say and that other person bounces off of that, you’re actually in a really good place.
“How they’ve pulled all of this stuff forward into a contemporary world and how they’re building it out from there, and how all of the different characters interweave into each other’s stories, it’s fantastic.”
The Mummy is due to be released in June, 2017.