Universal Pictures’ Dark Universe will kick off when The Mummy hits theaters on Friday. The second reboot of the original 1932 film, this latest iteration is most notably different from previous films for having a female version of the classic movie monster, with actress Sofia Boutella playing the titular role. In an interview with the LA Times, Boutella discussed how she believes the character’s story and journey make her the ultimate feminist.
The Mummy star Sofia Boutella first wondered why more women have not been cast as movie monsters before:
“Why aren’t monsters being played by women? If you piss off a woman she’s far more brutal than a man. How come they didn’t think about that before?”
Being an Egyptian royal who is denied her right to become pharaoh because she is a woman, Boutella explained why she believes Princess Ahmanet is the ultimate feminist:
“Ahmanet is the ultimate feminist, I think. What happened to her is something that’s always existed and, weirdly, still does, being prevented from ever becoming pharaoh because her father has a child and the child is a boy. She’s not OK with that. She doesn’t victimize herself. And the movie also does not victimize her.”
Having originally turned down the role because she did not want to play a simple monster, Boutella explained that she was grateful to play a more complex character in The Mummy:
“But as much as I said no to begin with I’m so grateful I said yes. I feel lucky to be part of this film.”
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Thought safely entombed in a tomb deep beneath the unforgiving desert, an ancient princess 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.
Directed by Alex Kurtzman, the film stars Tom Cruise, Sofia Boutella, Annabelle Wallis, Jake Johnson, Courtney B. Vance, and Russell Crowe.
The Mummy will be released in theaters on June 9, 2017.
Source: Los Angeles Times