Academy Award Winner Russell Crowe may be taking the leap from the DC Extended Universe into the Universal Monster Cinematic Universe. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Crowe is in early talks to star alongside Tom Cruise in The Mummy.
It turns out that Crowe could be signing on to play the classic literary characters Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Universal had been in talks with Tom Hardy and Javier Bardem to potentially play the role, but those talks have since fallen apart. It must be noted that these are early talks being had, so it’s possible Crowe does not sign onto the project.
Potentially joining The Mummy as Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde would give Crowe the opportunity to be a part of two cinematic universes. Crowe previously played Superman’s Kryptonian father Jor-El in Man of Steel. With the Universal setting their eyes on Crowe, I believe that it is possible that they may want to have him in for multiple films to epitomize the duality of Jekyll/Hyde.
This marks yet another A-list movie star that Universal has sought after for their Universal Monsters Cinematic Universe. With Cruise headlining The Mummy and Johnny Depp slated for The Invisible Man, adding Crowe would only amplify the amount of star-power that this potential franchise can have.
Crowe will next be seen in the upcoming Shane Black buddy cop/comedy The Nice Guys with Ryan Gosling set to be released by Warner Bros. Pictures May 20, 2016.
UPDATE: In an interview with Collider promoting The Nice Guys, Crowe has confirmed his involvement with The Mummy.
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.
Universal has also released an official synopsis for the reboot.
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.
Directed by Alex Kurtzman and starring Tom Cruise, Sofia Boutella, Anabella Wallis, Jake Johnson, and Russell Crowe, The Mummy will be released June 9, 2017.