Universal isn’t fucking around when it comes to adding star power to their forthcoming Universal Monster universe.
Russell Crowe is in early talks to play a Dr. Jekyll-type role, with the character first making an appearance in The Mummy starring Tom Cruise, Variety is reporting.
While other actors — like Johnny Depp in The Invisible Man — will first appear in standalone projects, insiders say some of the classic characters will make cameos in The Mummy as a means of launching spinoff franchises!
The studio tapped Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan last summer to help develop a monster universe for Universal with rebooted versions of the studio’s classic monster movies. Kurtzman is also on board to direct, and will produce alongside Morgan and Sean Daniel.
Universal’s hope is that Crowe’s small role in The Mummy would lead to a possible stand-alone pic for the character, giving Crowe and the studio a new franchise for its monster universe.
The Mummy unwraps in theaters on June 9, 2017.