Russell Crowe in Talks to Join Tom Cruise in ‘The Mummy’ Reboot

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Universal may have found the next A-lister to join its monster movie universe.

Russell Crowe is in early talks to play a Dr. Jekyll-type role, with the character first making an appearance in “The Mummy” starring Tom Cruise, sources tell Variety.

While other actors — like Johnny Depp in “The Invisible Man” — will first appear in standalone projects, insiders say some of the classic characters will make cameos in “The Mummy” as a means of launching spinoff franchises.

“The Mummy” is set to bow on June 9, 2017.

The studio tapped Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan last summer to help develop a monster universe for Universal with rebooted versions of the studio’s classic monster movies. Kurtzman is also on board to direct, and will produce alongside Morgan and Sean Daniel.

Universal’s hope is that Crowe’s small role in “The Mummy” would lead to a possible stand-alone pic for the character, giving Crowe and the studio a new franchise for its monster universe.

Crowe can be seen next in Warner Bros. action comedy “The Nice Guys” opposite Ryan Gosling. He is repped by WME.

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  1. Jim says:

    It would be shocking if this actually works. These monsters have had numerous movies over the years. No one is really clamoring for more. This is about as dumb as the Robin Hood shared universe idea.

  2. EricJ says:

    Universal’s Folly is putting their entire studio behind the new craze for “linked universes”–meaning, now you HAVE to make multi movies in a franchise, whether the audience wants them or not–without really understanding -why- it worked for Disney/Marvel, or even for Warner/DC’s Justice League delusions.
    (And Man of Steel just makes you wonder what attracts Russell Crowe to attach himself to failed franchise-flagships…Is he becoming a Flying Dutchman of bad studio ideas?)

    Outside of League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, it’s highly unlikely that Dr. Jekyll ever MET the Invisible Man, and Frankenstein never battled the Wolfman until well after the classic Universal canon.
    That’s why it’s different from Captain America fighting Iron Man.

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