The Mummy remake, the first entry in Universal’s proposed universe of its monstrous cinematic icons, has had a long road to the big screen. Despite reports that filming was winding down, it turns out the the production merely wrapped the London leg of the shoot, before moving to Naimbia, Africa to film the desert sequences. These are presumably the ones that involve the titular Mummy, an ancient queen played by Sofie Boutella.
Up against her highness is Tom Cruise, one of many super stars Universal is super-charging their nascent universe with (and apparently saddled with the named Tyler Colt, which sounds like a name George Carlin would have fun with). We’ve seen Cruise and Annabelle Wallis, the film’s female lead, a bunch filming in London, but thanks to Wallis’ Twitter, we have first looks at fellow castmembers Jake Johnson and Courtney B. Vance. Both are military gear, lending credence to earlier script reports that this modern-day adventure featured soldiers, perhaps in the Middle East, stumbling across the Mummy.
— Annabelle Wallis (@WallisAnnabelle) July 29, 2016
Here’s the synopsis from the film.
Tom Cruise headlines a spectacular, all-new cinematic version of the legend that has fascinated cultures all over the world since the dawn of civilization: The Mummy.
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, The Mummy opens June 9, 2017.