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Russell Crowe is joining The Mummy as Dr. Jekyll

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There was recent word that Russell Crowe was in talks to play Dr. Jekyll for Universal’s Monster Cinematic Universe and it looks like it is going to happen.

Collider recently interviewed Crowe and asked him if he was going to be playing Dr. Jekyll in The Mummy and, hopefully, his own movie.

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. I’ve had a couple of chats about it with the director (Alex Kurtzman). I’ve known Tom Cruise since 1992, or something like that. When he was married to an Australian, I was really good friends with him. But when he got divorced, I was part of the settlement package, and I went to Nicole [Kidman].

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.

Alex Kurtzman is directing the movie, headed for a April start, and is producing The Mummy with Chris Morgan and Sean Daniel.

The film also stars Annabelle Wallis and Jake Johnson. Cruise is playing a special forces soldier (or former soldier), Wallis is playing a scientist while Johnson will play a member of the military.

Crowe also spoke about Kurtzman and his ability to bring us a new version of The Mummy.

He knows how to get something from an idea on the page onto a soundstage and into a camera. Sure, I would imagine he’s scared shitless right about now, and having a hard time sleeping because he’s got ten million things on his mind right now. 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 character interweave into each other’s stories, it’s fantastic.

The Mummy is due out on 9th June 2017.

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