Tom Cruise has been in extended talks to star in Universal’s new reboot of The Mummy, which is set to kick off their new Universal Monsters Universe. I’m going to go out on a limb and say Cruise will not be the mummy.
The film, from Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan – who will be overlords of this new extended universe – will be written by Jonathan Spats (Prometheus, Van Helsing… of) and Kurtzman is set to direct. According to the Variety report, “Cruise isn’t expected to produce, but will play a major part in helping develop this new franchise, sources say. Cruise’s name is expected to play a large part in not only the “Mummy” franchise, but also in the monster universe, as it’s planned that characters will have roles in other monster movies leading up to an “Avengers”-style tie-in film.”
It’s an interesting pairing for sure, Cruise and The Mummy, but Cruise seems to have an interest in the subject matter. He was once tapped to star in Van Helsing, but stepped away and Hugh Jackman took over.