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THE MUMMY (2017): Russell Crowe In Talks To Join

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Russell Crowe being considered for a part in The Mummy. The Academy Award-winning actor is in early talks to play a role in the Universal Monsters reboot starring Tom Cruise.

Sources close to the project claim that the part Crowe is being offered is “a Jekyll-like role,” although it’s not specified as to whether this means the actor will actually play Dr. Jekyll and his alter-ego Mr. Hyde or just a role that resembles the Robert Louis Stevenson character. It is also said that Tom Hardy, Javier Bardem, Eddie Redmayne and Joseph Gordon-Levitt were eyed for the role before the studio turned to Crowe:

The Mummy is directed by Alex Kurtzman, who also produces alongside Chris Morgan (Fast & Furious series, Wanted) and Sean Daniel (The Mummy trilogy, The Best Man series). Jon Spaihts (Prometheus) wrote the screenplay, and Bobby Cohen executive produces. It’s being planned as the first film in the Universal Monster cinematic universe with plans for The Wolfman,The Invisible ManBride of Frankenstein, and Van Helsing all in various stages of development.

The original monster was made famous on the big screen by Boris Karloff in Karl Freund’s 1932 feature. Subsequent sequels to the original The Mummy saw Tom Tyler (who played Captain Marvel/Shazam in the original 1941 serials) and later Lon Chaney Jr. playing a different mummy than the one Karloff played. Stephen Sommers’ more recent The Mummy and The Mummy Returns films set Arnold Vosloo in the title role. Jet Li then played the villain in Rob Cohen’s The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor.

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