Universal Pictures has released the first trailer for its new version of The Mummy, this one starring Tom Cruise and designed as the second part of its revitalized “Universal Monsters” universe, and I have to say it looks much too much like yet another Mission: Impossible flick.
In it, we see Tom and Annabelle Wallis thrown around the interior of a crashing plane. The sequence seems to go on forever in this trailer, so it’s bound to be a major set piece in the movie, taking up tons of screen time. And we already know how it ends: with Tom’s character dying. Bravo. So that will be a huge waste of the movie’s running time.
And then Tom’s character wakes up after dying — something we saw literally dozens of times in the excellent Edge of Tomorrow. And he wakes up the same way: with a sudden gasp and twitches. Boring.
The movie is directed by Alex Kurtzman, who co-wrote 2006’s Mission: Impossible III for Tom, so the influence is hardly surprising.
Just to make sure this movie is cashing in on Hollywood’s other big trend (besides remakes), the titular 5,000-year-old mummy is gender-swapped, being portrayed by Sofia Boutella, who starred in 2015’s Kingsman: The Secret Service as the killer with the razor-blade feet, and in this summer’s Star Trek Beyond.
Although it’s not mentioned in the actual trailer, Russell Crowe is supposed to be voicing Dr. Henry Jekyll, which should link it to the rest of Universal’s projected cinematic universe.
The first film in Universal‘s plan was 2014’s Dracula Untold, starring Luke Evans, but that movie pretty much sank without a trace, so the studio is pondering relaunching Dracula and calling Cruise’s Mummy the first of the rebooted universe.
The studio’s ambitious plan calls for new monster flicks every year, with Javier Bardem signed for a Frankenstein film, and Johnny Depp inked for The Invisible Man, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
On the plus side, this Mummy retread is unrelated to the Brendan Fraser series that shuffled along from 1999-2008.
Tom Cruise’s The Mummy opens June 9, 2017.