We hate “in talks” stories, but in the end it gives us an idea of what a studio is thinking in terms of casting a role for an upcoming movie. THR is reporting that Sofia Boutella (Kingsman: The Secret Service) is in talks to play the titular role in Universal’s The Mummy.
Tom Cruise is also said to be in negotiations to star in the modern-day set movie that Alex Kurtzman is helming and Universal will release March 24, 2017. Jon Spaihts wrote the script, although plot details are being kept deep in the tomb. Kurtzman is producing with Chris Morgan and Sean Daniel.
Universal’s The Mummy is planned as the first pic in a series of interconnected monster movies as the studio hopes to build a cinematic universe out of its vault of classic creature features. Other potential films revolve around the characters of Dracula, Frankenstein, the Invisible Man, the Bride of Frankenstein and vampire hunter Van Helsing.
A Universal spokesperson said the studio is not commenting on any casting speculation surrounding The Mummy.