No, Brendan Fraser doesn’t have a cameo. Sorry.
It’s hard to believe that the Brendan Fraser-starring iterations of The Mummy began just about 20 years ago, which makes both them and myself feel like ancient history. Beginning in 1999, Fraser played the heroic Rick O’Connell across three popular and successful films, and this weekend’s The Mummy looks to be drawing a whole lot more inspiration from them than Universal’s original version of The Mummy, which starred Boris Karloff as the title character.
But how are The Mummy (1999) and The Mummy (2017) connected, if at all? While they may not exist within the same Dark Universe, an Easter egg in the latter does connect the two films in a fun way!
Inverse got the scoop…
Nick Morton and Jenny Halsey visit the secret London headquarters of Prodigium. The headquarters is full of relics and monster paraphernalia, including a severed hand of a Creature from the Black Lagoon in formaldehyde and a fanged vampire skull. There, Jekyll loses control and turns into Mr. Hyde. As Hyde wails on Nick, Jenny tries to gain entrance into the room to assist him. A Prodigium employee who has seen Jekyll transform before attempts to stop her. The two scuffle, but eventually Jenny grabs a heavy book and knocks him on the head.
There’s a brief, brief shot of the book — and it’s familiar. It’s the Book of the Dead from the ‘99 Mummy, complete with a star-shaped lock.
In the 1999 version of The Mummy, the Book of the Dead was an Ancient Egyptian book made of pure obsidian. It contained ancient spells and incantations that could resurrect the dead and summon the Ghost Warriors.
Keep your eyes peeled when you see The Mummy this weekend!