Hot on the heels of his critically acclaimed performance as Johnnie Cochran in FX’s “The People v. O.J. Simpson,” Courtney B. Vance has joined the cast of “The Mummy” for Universal Pictures — the first film in the studio’s new production endeavor that will expand and unify a network of classic monster movies.
Tom Cruise, Annabelle Wallis and Sofia Boutella also star, in the film, which is set to bow on June 9, 2017. Vance will play a colonel in the pic.
The studio tapped Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan last summer to help develop a monster universe with rebooted versions of the studio’s classic films. Kurtzman is also on board to direct, and will produce alongside Morgan and Sean Daniel.
Jon Spaihts is penning the script. Plot details are vague other than the fact that the pic will be set in the present day, unlike the previous three installments starring Brendan Fraser.
Universal Executive VP of Production Jon Mone and VP of Development Jay Polidoro will oversee the project for the studio.
Vance is represented by Gersh, Lighthouse Entertainment and attorney Darrell Miller of Fox Rothschild. Deadline Hollywood first reported the news.