May 8, 2016
'The Mummy': Russell Crowe Says The Film Will 'Scare The S**t Out Of You,' Plus Feelings About Tom Cruise

According to actor Russell Crowe, the reboot of the popular horror film The Mummy will be really, really scary.

It was reported earlier this week that Crowe was in talks about joining Hollywood actor Tom Cruise in Universal's reboot of The Mummy. According to a report by SlashFilm, Russell Crowe has now confirmed that as fact.

While Crowe is currently out and about promoting The Nice Guys, he took a break to talk about his upcoming film. He told Collider during an interview with them that the film is seriously "designed to seriously scare the s**t out of you."

Crowe went on to tell Collider he will be playing the role of Dr. Henry Jekyll, a Fellow of the Royal Society.

Reportedly, the new movie will have a much different approach from the original The Mummy series starring Brendan Fraser.

"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]," Crowe said.

Speaking of Kurtzman, Crowe said, "He really understands the world and he's been around a long time, on a lot of big projects."

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Crowe then went on to praise Kurtzman, saying how the director can take an idea from the page to a soundstage and into a camera and that he (Crowe) is seriously impressed at how "they've pulled all of this stuff forward into a contemporary world" and the way the different characters interweave into each other's stories, adding, "It's fantastic."

Speaking of fellow actor and star of The Mummy, Crowe said he has known Tom Cruise since around 1992. He said when Cruise was "married to an Australian," they were really good friends. However, when Cruise and Nicole Kidman got divorced, he was "part of the settlement package," and his loyalty remained with Kidman.

There will be an interesting cast playing along with Crowe and Cruise, with Sofia Boutella (Star Trek Beyond) in the role of the titular mummy, along with Jake Johnson (Jurassic World), Courtney B. Vance (The People vs. O.J. Simpson), and Annabelle Wallis (from the Netflix production Peaky Blinders).

The film is to be produced by Sean Daniel, who was involved in the Brendan Fraser Mummy trilogy alongside Kurtzman and Chris Morgan.

While filming continues, Universal has already released a plot description for The Mummy, which reads, "Thought safely entombed in a crypt deep beneath the unforgiving desert, an ancient queen 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."

The description continues by saying, "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."

Moviegoers can look forward to The Mummy appearing in theaters on June 9, 2017.

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