A new featurette as been released for The Mummy and we get our first look at Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde played by Russell Crowe. It turns out Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde will play an important role in the Universal Monster Universe. Dr. Henry Jekyll runs a secret agency called Prodigium that is run out of a public natural history museum. Prodigium studies monsters throughout history.
The featurette has Crowe and director Alex Kurtzman explaining all about Prodigium and Jekyll and his role in The Mummy.
Our first sign of Dracula might have been shown in The Mummy featurette, check out the screenshot below.
It’s looking more and more likely The Mummy will be an action adventure film more that a horror movie. The film will be in theaters on June 9, 2017.
The film stars Tom Cruise, Russell Crowe, Annabelle Wallis (Annabelle), Jake Johnson (Jurassic World), Russell Crowe and Courtney B. Vance (TV’s “American Crime Story: The People V. O.J. Simpson”)
Synopsis: “Thought safely entombed in a crypt deep beneath the unforgiving desert, an ancient queen (Sofia Boutella of Kingsman: The Secret Service and Star Trek Beyond) whose destiny was unjustly taken from her, is awakened in our current day, bringing with her malevolence grown over millennia and terrors that defy human comprehension. 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.”
Why is Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde in The Mummy?
“We wanted to understand the context of the Mummy in the larger world,” Kurtzman continued, “and we wanted to explore that monsters have existed for millennia, and we knew as the story evolved we wanted there to be an organization that was maybe cataloging them, following them, collecting them.” By necessity, then, there needed to be someone who understood that world, and could bring Morton into it. “We could make up a character to fit that role,” Kurtzman continued, “or we could look at monster mythology and say ‘is there a character who could organically fit into The Mummy story, that wouldn’t detract from The Mummy story, but would in fact enhance it?’”