MOVIE NEWS – Some weeks ago, Universal released the first Mummy trailer, which gave us a first glimpse at Tom Cruise‘s Nick Morton and Russell Crowe‘s Dr Henry Jekyll. We are aware that this movie will be the first entry in Universal’s expected monster reboot universe and all of these stories will be set in present day. Although this movie will be the first of this new cinematic universe, it will also be a different type of origin story as well.
While many knew, that Tom Cruise will star in The Mummy long before he was cast, still it was surprising to see Russell Crowe sign on to play the iconic Dr Henry Jekyll. While most suppose that we’ll see Jekyll’s alter-ego, Mr Hyde, director Alex Kurtzman talked to Entertainment Weekly, teasing that this will serve as an origin story in more than one way. had to say, explaining that this film will challenge Tom Cruise fans in interesting ways.
“There’s an origin story happening on two different fronts. I won’t tell you too much more than that, other than to say: One of the things that I think has defined Tom Cruise movies, for 30 years, is that Tom Cruise always saves the day. You know whenever you’re in a Tom Cruise movie that he’s going to figure out a way to save the day. And that’s great, and it’s why I pay my money to see his movies. However, in the context of a monster movie, it’s challenging, because monster movies are about characters who are often very out of control, and don’t know how to save the day. The first thing I said to Tom was, ‘It’ll be scarier if we can take away the fundamental knowledge that you’re gonna solve the problem,” explained the filmmaker
It’s imaginable that the director could intend that the two different origin stories are for the title character, Princess Ahmet, played by rising star Sofia Boutella, and for Russell Crowe‘s Dr Jekyll, but we don’t know for sure. Tom Cruise‘s character Nick Morton is defined as an “amoral tough guy who runs afoul of a resurrected ancient Egyptian.” This report also teases that you wouldn’t like Dr Jekyll when he’s angry, offering another tease that this film will bring out Mr Hyde, which had been previously hinted at in a preview about the entire Universal monster universe.
— Entertainment Weekly (@EW) December 26, 2016