Russell Crowe to play Dr. Jekyll in “THE MUMMY” rebootMovies/TV,News Michael Gingold
You read that right: As a sign of the world-building approach Universal is taking with their monster-movie updates, a scientist with an identity crisis will appear in the studio’s new MUMMY, with an A-lister likely to take the role.
Variety reports that Russell Crowe is in early negotiations to play “a Dr. Jekyll-type role” in THE MUMMY, setting up the character to get his own film somewhere down the line. He’ll join Tom Cruise in the latest screen vehicle for the bandaged baddie, to be directed by Alex Kurtzman from a script by Jon Spaihts, with release set for June 9, 2017; the story concerns a group of Navy SEALS who uncover an ancient tomb while tracking terrorists and accidentally unleash the Egyptian evil. It’s part of an AVENGERS-style franchise that will also incorporate new incarnations of the Wolf Man, the Bride of Frankenstein, Van Helsing, the Creature from the Black Lagoon and the Invisible Man, among others.