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More Monsters Join Universal Pictures ‘Dark Universe’ on Eve of ‘The Mummy’

The Mummy, Universal Pictures

Two more monsters are set to join Universal Pictures Dark Universe series that begins with this weekend’s The Mummy, starring Tom Cruise and Russell Crowe. Director Alex Kurtzman and producer Chris Morgan are in charge of this cinematic universe, and announced that they have cast Javier Bardem as Frankenstein and Johnny Depp as The Invisible Man.

In an interview with Fandom, Kurtzman revealed the entire film slate as of now:

“We know we’re going to do Frankenstein, Bride of Frankenstein, Dracula, Creature from the Black Lagoon, Phantom of the Opera, Hunchback of Notre Dame, Invisible Man.

There are characters within those films that can grow and expand and maybe even spin off. I think that digging into deep mythologies about monsters around the world is fair game for us, as well and connecting the monsters that we know to some surprising monsters could also be really interesting.”

The Mummy, Universal Pictures
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Kurtzman also said that there are actors he would love to bring into he universe:

 “I’d love to bring Michael Fassbender in, I’d love to bring Jennifer Lawrence in, I’d love to see Charlize Theron in there, Angelina Jolie.”

The enigmatic Dr. Henry Jekyll (Russell Crowe) leads a mysterious multi-national organization known as Prodigium. He protects the public from the knowledge of the evils that exist in the world. The Mummy begins this shared universe of Universal monsters, with the next film being Bill Condon’s Bride of Frankenstein, coming Valentine’s Day 2019. Check out the latest trailer for The Mummy below:

The Mummy should make $35-40 million this weekend domestically. The film had a record-breaking opening day in Korea, and looks to be a huge hit internationally.

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 stars Tom Cruise (Mission Impossible), Russell Crowe (A Beautiful Mind), Annabelle Wallis (King Arthur), Jake Johnson (Jurassic World), Courtney B. Vance (American Crime Story: The People V. O.J. Simpson),  and Sofia Boutella (Star Trek Beyond).

The Mummy hits theaters this weekend.

Brad Repka
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