You might see a different, darker side to Russell Crowe soon. The Oscar-winning actor is in early negotiations to star in the Tom Cruise-led Mummy reboot at Universal, a source tells EW.
Crowe would play a Dr. Jekyll-like character in the modern-day monster movie directed by Alex Kurtzman.
The resurrection of the late ’90s and 2000s action series that starred Brendan Fraser already has Cruise, Sofia Boutella (Kingsman: The Secret Service), Annabelle Wallis (Netflix’s Peaky Blinders), Jake Johnson (New Girl), and Courtney B. Vance (FX’s The People v. O.J. Simpson) attached to bring Jon Spaihts’ screenplay to life.
While no standalone project has been announced, Crowe’s Jekyll facsimile would join the shared movie universe based on Universal’s classic monsters. Johnny Depp will play The Invisible Man in a separate movie — produced by Kurtzman and Chris Morgan — and is not confirmed for The Mummy. The studio slated a third monster movie for 2019, just yesterday.
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The Mummy is set for a June 9, 2017, release.
Deadline first reported the news.