A new world of gods and monsters is coming, as Universal Studios is relaunching all of their classic horror movie icons, officially starting next year with The Mummy, and the first teaser trailer for the new film starring Tom Cruise has arrived.
The Mummy sets up future films in Universal’s new Avengers-style interconnected movie universe of monsters, which will eventually include The Invisible Man to star Johnny Depp and The Bride of Frankenstein likely to star Angelina Jolie, and it already is confirmed to feature a cameo appearance by Russell Crowe in the role of Dr. Jekyll. (The 2014 prequel Dracula Untold is reportedly not connected to the new monsters universe, though that could still change, as its final scene was clearly meant to pave the way for bigger things to come.)
As horror historians are well aware, Universal Studios is not jumping on a bandwagon created by Marvel, as it was Universal who invented the whole idea of a “shared” cinematic universe when they put two of their biggest monster franchises under one roof for the first time in the groundbreaking 1943 crossover Frankenstein Meets The Wolf Man.
I enjoyed Dracula Untold for it was, which is admittedly much more of a super hero action movie than the scary horror movie I think most fans really want to see, and I fully expect The Mummy to have a similar tone, but I still have high hopes for the future of these iconic monsters, many of which are older than most of their comic book counterparts.
And as these characters are the foundation of the horror genre, they have all become synonymous with Halloween to the point of being among the most recognized symbols of the holiday.
The official synopsis: Thought safely entombed in a crypt deep beneath the unforgiving desert, an ancient queen (Sofia Boutella) whose destiny was unjustly taken from her, is awakened in our current day, bringing with her malevolence grown over millennia and terrors that defy human comprehension.
From the sweeping sands of the Middle East through hidden labyrinths under modern-day London, The Mummy brings a surprising intensity and balance of wonder and thrills in an imaginative new take that ushers in a new world of gods and monsters.
Tom Cruise stars in The Mummy, along with Sofia Boutella (Star Trek Beyond), Annabelle Wallis (Annabelle), Jake Johnson (Jurassic World), Courtney B. Vance (American Crime Story: The People vs. OJ Simpson), and Russell Crowe (Gladiator, Man of Steel) as Dr. Jekyll, directed by Alex Kurtzman.
The Mummy rises from her crypt on June 9, 2017.
Check out the first poster and official teaser trailer, as well as as an (UPDATED) inside look behind the scenes video for Universal’s The Mummy below!
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