The Mummy: New additions to the Dark Universe include Dracula, Frankenstein

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Sofia Boutella is playing The Mummy in the film alongside Tom Cruise as soldier of fortune Nick Morton and Russell Crowe as Dr. Henry Jekyll.

Frankenstein is my favorite book and the Bride has always been a fascinating figure.

However, it is the worldwide market (where Cruise is still a big draw) that can save the movie and the cinematic universe from complete failure. It will be followed up by the Bill Condon-directed Bride of Frankenstein, starring Javier Bardem; Creature of the Black Lagoon from screenwriters Jeff Pinkner and Will Beall; The Invisible Man, starring Johnny Depp; and Van Helsing, from Prometheus scribe Jon Spaihts, Arrival writer Eric Heisserer, and Dan Mazeau.

A number of other remakes like The Bride in 1985, or even the 1967 film Frankenstein Created Woman give the bride more attention in interesting ways-I'm curious about what the new Universal take will look like. The focus of this character, for the most part, has been to represent the monster's desire for companionship and her death then fuels his violent retaliation. The latter is also known for being adapted into a stage musical.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the director/producer of The Mummy, Alex Kurtzman, has listed the upcoming Dark Universe movies and there are a couple of surprise additions to the originally-announced slate. It's truly a unusual movie, and the Bride doesn't appear until the end of the film, and she's been built to be Frankenstein's mate and takes one look at him and rejects him immediately.

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David Koepp wrote a brilliant script. It's really good. If you look at the original Bride, it's one of the weirdest movies ever made. Meanwhile, former "Dracula" movies were loosely based on Bram Stoker's novel of the same name.

That's the first time Phantom and Hunchback have been mentioned in relation to the Dark Universe, so this is definitely exciting to hear.

Whilst Cruise's archetypal hero is cut directly from the 1990's cloth, there's no denying that the actor still brings his usual charm and charisma to the role - even if it doesn't feel entirely natural to see a superstar like Cruise in a throw-away vehicle like this - and it's his dedication to the lunacy around him that keeps The Mummy afloat. It's all very exciting, to be sure, and even though analysts are predicting a bit of an underwhelming box office opening for The Mummy, we're hopeful that Universal can finally get this project off the ground.

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