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Earlier this month, it was widely reported that, after an extensive four-month shoot, Universal Pictures' upcoming reboot of The Mummy had wrapped principal photography, but as it turns out, the team had only completed the London segment of their lengthy schedule. After filming a number of high-intensity scenes with Tom Cruise earlier this week, the Mummy team has now shifted their base of operations to the African nation of Namibia where it will spend the final two weeks of production and presumably film the introduction of Sofia Boutella's titular villain and/or possibly the film's epic climax. Also, thanks to Cruise's co-star Annabelle Wallis, we have our first official behind-the-scenes photo of the cast on-set in Namibia, including our first real look at Jake Johnson & Courtney B. Vance's characters, who both seem to have a military background of some sort. We don't want to read too much into it, »
Jekyll: Chris Evans, also known as Captain America (above), will star in Jekyll, based on the modern-day BBC miniseries adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson's classic story. Anthony Bagarozzi and Charles Mondry (The Nice Guys) have written the screenplay about a dangerous man with a split personality. Russell Crowe is already set to star as the character in Universal's upcoming The Mummy, due out on June 8, 2017. [Deadline] Mary Poppins Returns: Meryl Streep is in talks to join Emily Blunt in Mary Poppins Returns. The two previously teamed in The Devil Wears Prada and Into the Woods (above). The latter was directed by Rob Marshall, who is also helming the followup to Mary Poppins. If things work out, Streep will portray Topsy, one of Mary's cousins, and...
- Peter Martin
Tom Cruise has spent a lot of time lately with Sofia Boutella. But it's nothing romantic. The gorgeous Algerian actress stars as the title character in the upcoming remake of The Mummy opposite the Mission Impossible action star. While on set, Boutella earned a very sexy nickname: Milf. "They call me mother on set, or Milf because I'm the oldest one on set," Boutella tells me. "I'm 5,000 years old." (That said, the acronym could also stand for Mummy I'd Like to [Bleep].) Photos of the 34-year-old Boutella shooting the movie in London show her wrapped in bandages. "We all went to Duane Reade and picked up...bandages and wrapped it around »
The "Captain America" star is said to be in talks for the title role in Lionsgate's "Jekyll," a remake of the 2007 British mini-series which served as a contemporary update of Robert Louis Stevenson's tale.
"Sherlock" and "Doctor Who" producer Steven Moffat created the original which starred James Nesbitt as Dr. Henry Jackman, a married man with a family who tries to keep the dangerous Mr. Hyde element of his personality under control thanks to modern technology.
At the same time an ancient organisation with limitless wealth and power is monitoring their every move. Anthony Bagarozzi and Charles Mondry are adapting the script from the original miniseries while Ellen DeGeneres and Jeff Kleeman will produce.
The project isn't to be confused with a potential spin-off film that's a part of »
- Garth Franklin
Jekyll: Chris Evans, also known as Captain America, will star in Jekyll, based on the modern-day BBC miniseries adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson's classic story. Anthony Bagarozzi and Charles Mondry (The Nice Guys) have written the screenplay about a dangerous man with a split personality. Russell Crowe is also set to star as the character in Universal's upcoming The Mummy, due out on June 8, 2017. [Deadline] Mary Poppins Returns: Meryl Streep is in talks to join Emily Blunt...
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Jekyll: Chris Evans, also known as Captain America (above), will star in Jekyll, based on the modern-day BBC miniseries adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson's classic story. Anthony Bagarozzi and Charles Mondry (The Nice Guys) have written the screenplay about a dangerous man with a split personality. Russell Crowe is already set to star as the character in Universal's upcoming The Mummy, due out on June 8, 2017. [Deadline] Mary Poppins Returns: Meryl Streep is in...
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Chris Evans plays pretty much the most morally upright superhero there is as Steve Rogers in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but the Captain America: Civil War star may very well be about to take a villainous turn. The actor looks set to take on the lead role of Tom Jackman in Jekyll, an upcoming movie from Lionsgate.
The writing team of Anthony Bagarozzi and Charles Mondry (who worked with Shane Black on The Nice Guys and his upcoming Doc Savage adaptation) penned the screenplay, and Jekyll is actually based on the 2007 BBC One series which was the creation of Steven Moffat (Doctor Who).
Set in the present day, it revolved around Jackman – played on TV by The Hobbit star James Nesbitt – a descendant of Jekyll who begins to exhibit signs of a split personality. He then abandons his family, creates a new home in a fortified basement and finds an ally in a psychiatric nurse. »
- Josh Wilding
Lionsgate is moving forward with its Jekyll movie, and it seems the studio has found its leading man. A new report reveals that Captain America: Civil War star Chris Evans has become attached in the lead role as Tom Jackman for the studio. The project is still in fairly early stages, with no director attached at this time.
Deadline reports that the studio is developing this project based on the 2007 UK miniseries of the same name. The miniseries spanned six episodes and was written by Doctor Who and Sherlock creator Steven Moffat. Lionsgate has brought in Anthony Bagarozzi and Chuck Mondry (The Nice Guys) to write the script, although no plot details were given.
Interestingly enough, The Nice Guys star Russell Crowe recently signed on to play Dr. Jekyll in Universal Pictures' monster reboot The Mummy, where he'll star alongside Tom Cruise, Sofia Boutella, Annabelle Wallis and Jake Johnson. »
Other than the casting of John Boyega, official news on who will appear in Pacific Rim 2 has been slim. Of particular interest has been whether or not the cast members from the first film will reprise their roles in the sequel, and while at Comic-Con to promote his new film, King Arthur: Legend of the Sword, Charlie Hunnam confirmed that he will not return to play Raleigh Becket.
Hunnam talked with Yahoo! at Comic-Con about Pacific Rim 2 and expressed his excitement for the film while also discussing why he couldn’t be a part of it:
“I read an early draft of what they’re doing. There was one incarnation of this sequel that involved me heavily, but I was unavailable. They have a very definite schedule that they have to film because of the politics and business surrounding filmmaking.”
- Derek Anderson
Van Helsing, legendary doctor, monster hunter and Count Dracula’s worst nightmare, will soon become one of the cornerstones of Universal’s shared monsters universe, and it appears the studio’s fantasy vehicle is looking to a certain Road Warrior for inspiration.
Unlike The Mummy and Frankenstein – the latter of which is reportedly courting Javier Bardem for the titular, monstrous role – Van Helsing is incubating in the very early stages of development, but that hasn’t stopped writing duo Eric Heisserer and Jon Spaihts from fleshing out ideas for Universal’s new take on cinema’s decorated demon killer.
Primed for his first screen appearance since 2004’s box office flop – Hugh Jackman and Kate Beckinsale led the charge against the undead in that instance – Heisserer told HitFix that Van Helsing‘s demeanour will be more in line with the roguish, lone-wolf archetype made famous by Mad Max, rather than Jackman’s dashing hero. »
- Michael Briers
Production on the first movie in Universal’s planned monsters universe, The Mummy, has officially wrapped. Shooting has been taking place in London over the past few weeks, but that all came to an end at the weekend as Tom Cruise and co. completed proceedings on a location shoot in the heart of the city.
Just Jared managed to post one final set pic which you can see below.
— JustJared.com (@JustJared) July 16, 2016
Here’s the synopsis, as provided by Universal.
Thought safely entombed in a crypt deep beneath the unforgiving desert, an ancient queen (Sofia Boutella) 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.
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- Paul Heath
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Cruise and the Peaky Blinders actress were spotted filming last-minute scenes on the streets of London, running square in front of a giant fan. Is it possible that Sofia Boutella’s ancient deity will be whipping up a literal storm in the English capital? Time will tell.
What we do know, however, is a general overview of the story fuelling Alex Kurtzman’s long-awaited franchise overhaul, as the filmmaker looks to unlock Universal’s world of gods and monsters.
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, »
- Michael Briers
Tom Cruise's Twitter bio reads "Running in movies since 1981." and with a bio like that, you better believe you're going to see him run in each and every movie he does from now until the end of time, which is always welcome news for fans of the living legend. The weekend was quite an eventful one for The Mummy team as, according to ComingSoon, the Alex Kurtzman-directed film officially wrapped in London after filming a number of scenes featuring Cruise and co-star Annabelle Wallis (Peaky Blinders) where they ran, ran, and ran some more away from presumably the extinction-level threat of Sofia Boutella's titular villain (who wasn't present). Filming began in April, so it's been a fairly lengthy shoot, but considering the epic blockbuster scale of the upcoming reimagining, it's par for the course. While this report doesn't account for any potential reshoots down the line, it's »
Following last week's first look at Sofia Boutella as the mummy herself, new shots have now gone up of actors Tom Cruise and Annabelle Wallis conducting the last day of filming on "The Mummy" reboot in London. The film opens June 9th next year.
Alex Kurtzman helms the project about an ancient queen awakened in our current day, bringing with her malevolence grown over millennia. From the sweeping sands of the Middle East through hidden labyrinths under modern-day London, the story kicks off a wave of new monster films from Universal Pictures that share the same universe.
— Mariana da Costa P. (@MariCParreira) July 16, 2016
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- Garth Franklin
Star Trek Beyond is, for lack of a better description, the goods. When I walked out of the Jj Abrams reboot in 2009, I was giddy about the potential for the series. I thought they did a terrific job casting the film, and by the time the movie ended, they were set to head out into space on their five year mission, seeking out, boldly going, and it felt like they had wiped the slate clean as storytellers so they weren’t beholden to anything anymore other than the characters. That’s what made Star Trek Into Darkness so confounding. I think there’s great energy to the filmmaking, which I liked when I first saw it, but I’ve never seen a movie more tied in knots to try to trick an audience, and for so little payoff. The moment they decided to make a movie that hinged on Khan as a villain, »
- Drew McWeeny
Tom Cruise is back in action filming The Mummy reboot, where he bumped into an old celebrity friend. The 54-year-old was recently spotted on the London set with co-star and The Tudors alum Annabelle Wallis, 31, filming a scene and doing some stretches before another one. During his time there, he ran into Chris Rock, who traveled to the city with girlfriend and Arrow actress Megalyn Echikunwoke, 33. Rock, 51, posted a pic of him with Cruise on social media Saturday. "Bumped into Tom in London working on the new Mummy," the actor and comedian wrote on Instagram. "Looks good." The two actors have met before; They hung out together, along with »
Universal Pictures is certainly shooting high when it comes to casting for its Classic Monsters Universe. Tom Cruise and Russell Crowe are on board for The Mummy and Johnny Depp has signed on for The Invisible Man, while other rumoured names include Dwayne Johnson (The Wolf Man), Scarlett Johansson (Creature from the Black Lagoon) and Angelina Jolie (Bride of Frankenstein).
Well, it looks like we may soon be adding another name to the star-studded universe, with Variety reporting that Oscar-winner Javier Bardem (No County For Old Men) is in talks to star in Frankenstein, although it’s unclear whether he’ll be portraying Dr. Victor Frankenstein, or his monstrous creation.
The Universal Monsters movie universe is set to launch with The Mummy on June 9th 2017, followed by two as-yet-untitled releases on April 13th 2018 and February 15th »
- Gary Collinson
Universal's next big franchise play is to reboot its series of classic movie monsters. The Universal folks are not pulling any punches, either. They're going all out for this hopeful cinematic universe by hiring some of the best big-name actors around. It's all going to start with The Mummy starring Tom Cruise (though the actual mummy will be Sofia Boutella), and then after that they've got plans to introduce Johnny Depp's Invisible Man, Russell Crowe's Dr. Jekyll,...
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Get ready for more reboot franchise mayhem because Universal's Monster Cinematic Universe is growing: Javier Bardem has signed on to play Frankenstein's Monster.
Without any superheros to rely on, the studio is going back to their canon of classic horror icons and roping in some big names. Tom Cruise is the lead in next year's The Mummy revamp, with Russell Crowe also appearing as Dr. Jekyll. Johnny Depp has been confirmed as the Invisible Man for his own stand alone film. Their names may carry cache but each is in need of a (non-Mission: Impossible) hit we can get excited about, so here's hoping they can sommon more than another Van Helsing.
But Bardem's casting is easily the most exciting of the bunch. Let's not forget the actor does creepy so well that he got an Oscar for it, even if his most terrifying feat was his hairstyle in The Counselor. »
- Chris Feil
Universal are definitely going all out for their monster movie universe which they’re kicking off with the in-production The Mummy. That film is being led by Tom Cruise and Sofia Boutella, but news reaches us today that they may have found their Frankenstein in the form of Bond actor Javier Bardem.
Variety reports that the Spanish actor is in talks to play Frankenstein in Bride Of Frankenstein, though it is not clear which monster movie he will first make his debut in. The word is that the character would get a debut in a feature featuring another monster before getting his own spin-off.
Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan are heading up the new monsters universe which could also see Russell Crowe play Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. The word is that he will first be see in The Mummy, which is just about wrap production in London.
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- Paul Heath
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