The Mummy star Annabelle Wallis has unveiled a first look photo of the reboot cast featuring Jake Johnson, Courtney B Vance and Tom Cruise. The 31-year-old – who plays a character named Jenny Halsey in the new take on the story – took to Twitter to share the behind-the-scenes image alongside the caption: "#THEMUMMY in Africa. #Namibia, we are so excited to be here! @UniversalPics."
While the image is pretty vague when it comes to giving anything away about the actual plot of the film, the actor's clothing indicates that the reboot will have much more of a serious, action-packed tone than the previous movies starring Rachel Weisz and Brendan Fraser. It also appears as if the film will take place in much more of a modern day setting, unlike it's predecessors, which were set in the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s, respectively.
The characters wearing military-style gear ties in with what we've heard of the story so far, that Vance will play Colonel Gideon Forster and Cruise will portray Navy Seal Tyler Colt.
A reported synopsis details that in the movie, "Colt's mission in the Iraqi desert to find a group of terrorists hiding out in a bunker takes a life-threatening turn when the criminals turn out be nothing more than some grave robbers who have all mysteriously died inside the bunker. Upon entering, Tyler and his team also succumb to some supernatural forces out of their control.
"They soon realise the 'bunker' they have infiltrated is actually a centuries-old tomb" where an an ancient queen was entombed, after her birthright was wrongly taken away from her. Now however, she has been awakened from her crypt and she's hungry for revenge.
According to the production studio, the film will take audiences "from the sweeping sands of the Middle East through hidden labyrinths under modern-day London," while also "bringing a surprising intensity and balance of wonder and thrills in an imaginative new take that ushers in a new world of gods and monsters."
Written by Jon Spaihts (Prometheus), and directed by Star Trek's Alex Kurtzman, The Mummy also stars Russell Crowe (who interestingly will be playing Dr Jekyll) and Sofia Boutella in the titular role. It's currently slated to reach both UK and US cinemas on 9 June 2017.
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