The hunt for Dr. Jekyll and his alter ego, Mr. Hyde, in Universal Pictures’ The Mummy appears to be complete. Following rumors earlier this week that Russell Crowe (Gladiator, Romper Stomper) was going to join the cast of The Mummy to play the classic dual personality character – reports now confirm the rumor is completely true!
In an interview with Collider, the Award-Winning actor officially stated that he is on board to play both Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde alongside other Hollywood stars such as Tom Cruise, Jake Johnson, Annabelle Wallis, Courtney B. Vance, and Sofia Boutella as The Mummy.
Yeah, I’m gonna do it. I’m gonna play Dr. Henry Jekyll, Fellow of the Royal Society. It’s very interesting, what they’re gonna do with that stuff. I’ve had a couple of chats about it with the(Alex Kurtzman).
At the moment, it sounds like Universal Pictures is using the forthcoming Mummy to introduce Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde to audiences before Crowe stars in his own movie as the characters.
Previous reports pointed to actors Tom Hardy and Javier Bardem were in the running to play the characters. From my understanding, the studio’s ultimate goal is to create a shared cinematic universe for the Universal Monsters just like Marvel’s on-going universe with The Avengers, which introduces all the characters from the comic books.
The Mummy will be directed by Alex Kurtzman from a screenplay by Jon Spaihts (Doctor Strange, Prometheus). It’s slated to hit theaters on June 9th, 2017.
The Mummy Synopsis
Thought safely entombed in a crypt deep beneath the unforgiving desert, an ancient queen (Sofia Boutella of Kingsman: The Secret Service and Star Trek Beyond) whose destiny was unjustly taken from her, is awakened in our current day, bringing with her malevolence grown over millennia and terrors that defy human comprehension. From the sweeping sands of the Middle East through hidden labyrinths under modern-day London, The Mummy brings a surprising intensity and balance of wonder and thrills in an imaginative new take that ushers in a new world of gods and monsters.