‘The Mummy’ Set Photos Show Off Sofia Boutella’s Monster
Listen, I won’t pretend to know whether I’m supposed to be excited about the new Universal Studios monster movies or not. Like most of you, I do get a little bit of a headache every time a studio boss utters the words “shared universe,” but no matter how much cynicism I try and muster for the new remake of The Mummy, I just can’t. It has Tom Cruise! Running around London! Fighting a gosh-darn mummy! Yeah, that’s right, I’m an easy mark.
So count me among those unequivocally excited by the huge crop of set photos that just popped up over at Coming Soon. While you can view the gallery in its entirety at Coming Soon, here are a few of the photos that have been making the rounds on social media.
The newest photos feature Sofia Boutella as the mummy queen, casting some sort of black magic on the streets of London as people scatter in the background behind her (is that part of a mummy’s traditional powers? I can’t even remember). Coming Soon also has some older photos showing Tom Cruise as the ex-soldier brought in to help fight the supernatural power facing the city. While both the new and old photos suggest an epic scale that might disappoint some horror purists, Boutella and Cruise seem in great form, and it’s been a long, long time since the latter made an action movie that disappointed. Count me in.
We shared this back in May, but just in case you need a refresher, here’s the official synopsis for The Mummy:
Tom Cruise headlines a spectacular, all-new cinematic version of the legend that has fascinated cultures all over the world since the dawn of civilization: The Mummy.
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.
The Mummy is scheduled to lurch into theaters on June 9, 2017.