Russell Crowe May Meet “Mummy”
Russell Crowe is in very early talks to join Tom Cruise and Sofia Boutella in Universal Pictures’ pending remake of The Mummy.
If the deal goes ahead, the project would further cement an already strong cast. Signed up are Tom Cruise, Sofia Boutella, who made her debut in last year’s Kingsman: The Secret Service, Annabelle Wallis and Jake Johnson.
Crowe, according to The Hollywood Reporter, would play Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde – a scientist (Jekyll) who transforms into a homicidal maniac (Hyde) after drinking a self-invented serum. The star would play both characters, a development which could eventually lead to a stand-alone Jekyll and Hyde movie. Universal is looking to remake its classic monster series, and is currently eyeing titles The Bride of Frankenstein and The Creature from the Black Lagoon.
Jekyll and Hyde need no introduction to horror fans. The iconic characters first came to prominence in 1886 when Robert Louis Stevenson’s novella, The Strange
Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde was first published. Since then, the characters have cropped up in countless movies, novels, comic books and other media.
The Mummy, which is currently shooting in London, unfolds in present day and stars Cruise as a former soldier. Boutella, in a unique twist to the mythology, plays the title character, while Patrick Wallis takes on the role of a scientist. Wallis, incidentally is star of TV’s Peaky Blinders – a British gangster show set in early 20th century England.
Crowe, according to the publication, is not the first star to be considered for this role. Both Tom Hardy and Javier Bardem were approached at various times, but a deal failed to materialise in both cases.