Russell Crowe to star in The Mummy

Russell CroweRussell Crowe joins the cast of the upcoming reboot of The Mummywhich also stars Tom Cruise.

In a recent interview with Collider, Russell Crowe confirmed that he will be joining the upcoming reboot of The Mummy, directed by Alex Kurtzman (Star Trek) and written by Jon Spaihts (Prometheus.) Crowe confirmed his involvement in the project, saying:

“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.. I’ve known Tom Cruise since 1992, or something like that…”

And they have yet to do a movie together so this will be their big chance. Cruise will be playing a Navy SEAL who is hunting down terrorists when he stumbles across the monster.

Crowe went on to discuss Kurtzman’s vision of the film and expressed his excitement about working on the film:

“Yeah. He really understands the world and he’s been around a long time, on a lot of big projects. He knows how to get something from an idea on the page onto a soundstage and into a camera. … 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.”

This version of The Mummy will be a part of the Universal Monster Movies series which will include The Invisible Man and The Wolf Man.

According to a report by IGN, among the other cast members for the film are Sofia Boutella (Kingsman: The Secret Service) who will be playing a female version of the Mummy, Jake Johnson (Jurassic World), Annabelle Wallis (Peaky Blinders), and Courtney B. Vance (The People v. O.J. Simpson).

The Mummy is expected to debut on June 9, 2017.