Universal is hoping to successfully launch their own cinematic shared universe, featuring modern-day reboots of their classic movie monsters, with the release of The Mummy.
Being the first one out of the gate, it will have spend a considerable amount of screen-time establishing a plausible world in which The Mummy, Dracula, Frankenstein's monster and the monster's bride, The Invisible Man, The Wolf Man, and The Creature from the Black Lagoon all exist.
This is where Russell Crowe's Dr. Henry Jekyll (and Mr. Hyde) comes into play. He runs the Prodigium, a secret organization that searches out and tries to neutralize evil. Members of the organization studies the mythology and history of monsters -- using a scientific approach to ground this evil-plagued world. It also hides in plain sight, working out of the Natural History Museum.
A look at some of the specimens that Prodigium has collected over the years was included in a recently-released video posted to The Mummy Facebook page, and someone noticed a severed limb (image below) from the Creature from the Black Lagoon contained in one of the jars.
Thought safely entombed in a crypt deep beneath the unforgiving desert, an ancient queen (Sofia Boutella) 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.
The cast features Tom Cruise (Jack Reacher, Top Gun), Russell Crowe (The Nice Guys, Gladiator), and Sofia Boutella (Kingsman: The Secret Service, Star Trek Beyond), as well as Courtney B. Vance (The People Vs. O.J. Simpson), Annabelle Wallis (Annabelle, Peaky Blinders), Marwan Kenzari (Ben-Hur), and Jake Johnson (New Girl, Jurassic World).
Alex Kurtzman, the screenwriter and producer behind Star Trek Into Darkness and The Amazing Spider-Man 2, is on board to make his directorial debut, working off of a script penned by Jon Spaihts (Prometheus, Doctor Strange).
The Mummy will lumber into theaters June 9, 2017.