U’s ‘Mummy’ unwraps

Shooting underway in Marrakech

Actors John Hannah and Arnold Vosloo have joined the cast of Universal Pictures’ “The Mummy,” which began principal photography last week in Marrakech, Morocco, with Stephen Sommers at the helm.

Hannah, who plays the ne’er-do-well brother of female lead Rachel Weisz (“Swept From the Sea”), was most recently in “Sliding Doors.” Vosloo, seen in “Hard Target” and “Zeus and Roxanne,” plays the mummified priest at the center of the action.

The film, an overhaul of U’s 1932 epic with Boris Karloff, stars Brendan Fraser, last seen swinging from vines in “George of the Jungle.” Fraser plays Rick O’Connell, a mercenary who leads a treasure-seeking expedition to the Sahara Desert in 1925. The team stumbles upon an ancient tomb and sets off a 3,000-year-old legacy of terror embodied in the vengeful reincarnation of an Egyptian priest.

Sommers, who wrote the “Mummy” script, was also behind “Rudyard Kipling’s the Jungle Book” and “The Adventures of Huck Finn.”

Producers are Alphaville Prods.’ Jim Jacks and Sean Daniel (“Tombstone,” “Michael,” “Dazed and Confused”); co-producer is Patricia Carr (“Indiana Jones”); Adrian Biddle (“The Butcher Boy”) is director of photography; and Allan Cameron (“Starship Troopers”) is production designer. Industrial Light & Magic will handle visual effects.

“Mummy” will also shoot in the Moroccan desert city of Erfoud and at Shepperton Studios in England. Release is set for next year.