Tom Cruise has officially signed on to star in Universal’s The Mummy reboot, according to Variety. The film has been slotted in for a June 9th, 2017 release.
Last month it was discovered that Cruise and actress Sofia Boutella were both in talks for roles in The Mummy revamp, but today we can confirm both have officially signed on. With the movie gaining a new summer release date, it will go up against World War Z 2 and The Divergent Series: Ascendant in a battle for the box office – though I’m sure Cruise’s name alone will sell plenty of tickets. His last movie, Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, took a whopping $682.3 million, proving his name still has plenty of pull in cinema circles.
While no plot details have been discussed, we do know that the movie will take place in present day and is the first feature length tale in Universal’s shared monster universe. The ambitious multi-movie project is reported to include modern adaptations of seminal horror characters like Dracula (already seen in 2014’s Dracula Untold), Van Helsing, The Bride of Frankenstein and The Wolfman. The plan is for all of these characters to make contact with each other in some way and appear in different movies, before a final film brings them all together.
Sofia Boutella will play the titular mummy, becoming the first woman to take on the role made famous by Boris Karloff in the 1932 original. At the time of writing, it’s still unclear who Tom Cruise is playing or whether any more big names will join the production. Cruise won’t producing but reports state that he is playing an active role in the story’s progress.
The Mummy reboot will be directed by Alex Kurtzman (who is overseeing the entire shared universe) from a screenplay by John Spaihts. It hits cinemas June 9th, 2017.