In 1999's The Mummy
, Egyptian concubine Anck-su-namun (Patricia Velasquez
) plays a key role as a character motivation for the villain, Imhotep
), but it is unclear whether she was a real person in Ancient Egypt. Imhotep's curse wreaks havoc in The Mummy
as he sets out to resurrect Anck-su-namun, as they were lovers during their lifetimes. Just like Imhotep, her character is based on real Egyptian history, but not in the way the movie makes it out to be.
In reality, Anck-su-namun was an Egyptian princess, not a concubine. Named Ankhesenamun, she was the daughter of Pharaoh Ankhenaten and Queen Nefertiti
, and later married Pharaoh Tutankhamun. Unlike Anck-su-namun in The Mummy
, she lived in the mid-1300s Bce, while Imhotep lived in the 27th century Bce. So even though she was real, she never would have been able to meet Imhotep, let alone fall in love with him.