Sofia Boutella, who starred in Kingsman: The Secret Service, is currently in talks to play the mummy in Universal's reboot of The Mummy, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
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Tom Cruise is in negotiations to star as the hero in the film written by Jon Spaihts that will be set in modern day. Alex Kurtzman is slated to direct the film scheduled to be released on March 24, 2017.
Although the plot details are being kept under wraps, the monster will indeed be female.
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Universal plans to use The Mummy as a platform to launch a series of interconnected monster movies. The Hollywood Reporter reports that the studio hopes to build a cinematic universe out of its vault of classic creature features, which include characters like Dracula, Frankenstein, the Invisible Man, the Bride of Frankenstein and vampire hunter Van Helsing.
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A Universal spokesperson said the studio is not commenting on any casting speculation surrounding Mummy, although The Wrap has confirmed that Boutella will indeed play the mummy.
Sofia Boutella, who is a classically trained dancer, is best know as the blade-legged assassin in Kingsman, which also stars Samuel L. Jackson, Colin Firth and Taron Egerton. She will next star in Paramount’s Star Trek Beyond, directed by Justin Lin, and will be seen in The Coldest City, a spy thriller starring Charlize Theron and James McAvoy.