Russell Crowe may be set to join Universal’s classic monster universe in The Mummy, where he would star alongside Tom Cruise.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Oscar-winning actor is in talks (meaning it's not official yet, but I'm crossing my fingers that he will come on board) to play Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic literary characters, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. If he signs on the dotted line, Crowe will portray the tormented doctor who invents the serum that transforms him into the hideously depraved and murderous Hyde before possibly starring in his own movie.
Set in the present day, the upcoming Mummy reboot stars Cruise as a Special Forces soldier named Tyler Colt who comes across Sofia Boutella's (Kingsman: The Secret Service, Star Trek Beyond) mummy. The movie also stars Annabelle Wallis (The Tudors, Peaky Blinders) as a scientist/archaeologist, Jake Johnson (New Girl) in the role of a military soldier, and Courtney B. Vance (Terminator Genisys).
Currently filming, The Mummy will be the first in a series of interconnected movies a la Marvel and DC featuring characters from Universal’s vault of classic monsters, including the Invisible Man (played by Johnny Depp), the Wolfman, Dracula, The Bride of Frankenstein, Frankenstein's monster and the Creature From the Black Lagoon.
Universal’s ambitious plan is for the movies to lead to a massive crossover event similar to The Avengers, and, from the sound of things, it looks like Jekyll & Hyde will also be part of that shared universe.
As I said, Russell Crowe is "in talks," so we have to wait and see if the Man of Steel actor will take the leap. THR reports that Tom Hardy (Mad Max: Fury Road) had also been courted by the studio before that fell apart. Same for Javier Bardem (Skyfall).
Directed and produced by Alex Kurtzman with a script penned by Jon Spaihts (Prometheus, Doctor Strange), The Mummy is slated to open in theaters on June 9, 2017. How cool would it be to have Russell Crowe play Jekyll & Hyde?