It also has a sense of adventure…
From this new international trailer for The Mummy, I think it’s pretty clear that Tom Cruise was envisioned to be created in the image of Nathan Drake, the central character in the “Uncharted” video games. While there’s definitely an Indiana Jones vibe to the trailers, it really does feel like “Uncharted” is more of the inspiration behind The Mummy‘s set up, which includes the discovery of a long lost tomb. Oh, and they really honed in on his hammy/smarmy personality, which makes The Mummy looks pretty damn fun.
But there’s so much more in this trailer, including an extended look at the Mummy’s (Sofia Boutella) backstory and shots of “zombies” chasing (and swimming!) after Cruise’s character. And then there’s the one shot that’s been consuming me since the first trailer debuted months ago…Cruise waking up in a morgue. Cruise was dead, and it’s weirdly something we aren’t talking about. This trailer carries a voice over that explains his resurrection for some sort of purpose, and allegedly ties it to something the Mummy needs. The person speaking is none other than Russell Crowe, who plays Dr. Henry Jekyll. There are various shots in the trailer that show a laboratory, presumably operated by Jekyll. It’s also oddly reminiscent of Victor Frankenstein’s workshop. Stepping outside of the box and looking into this universe for a second, is it possible that Jekyll/Frankenstein resurrected Cruise’s character in the film, much like they will to the monster and its Bride (the next film in the franchise)? Come on, Cruise has to be Van Helsing, right?!
I am so very intrigued and can’t wait to see what Alex Kurtzman and Universal have up their sleeves when The Mummy is resurrected into theaters on June 9th.
Tom Cruise is joined in the Universal reboot by a cast including Sofia Boutella (Kingsman: The Secret Service, Star Trek Beyond), Annabelle Wallis (Annabelle, King Arthur, Peaky Blinders), Jake Johnson (Jurassic World), Russell Crowe and Courtney B. Vance (TV’s “American Crime Story: The People V. O.J. Simpson”).
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.
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.