Dark Universe Adds 'Phantom,' 'Hunchback;' Wants Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, and Charlize Theron

Dark Universe Adds 'Phantom,' 'Hunchback;' Wants Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, and Charlize Theron

Jun 07, 2017

Universal's reboot of its iconic brand of monster movies kicks off this weekend with the release of The Mummy, and with it begins a star-studded new franchise. Under the Dark Universe banner, this series features Tom Cruise and Sofia Boutella in the first installment, along with Russell Crowe appearing as Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde. Later, we'll be seeing Johnny Depp as the Invisible Man and Javier Bardem as Frankenstein's Monster. Angelina Jolie is still up for the role of the latter's Bride, and Dwayne Johnson might be the Wolf Man.

How many other A-listers could be added to the mix? Well, Alex Kurtzman, director of The Mummy and producer of the whole franchise, recently named some other possibilities. "I’d love to bring Michael Fassbender in," he tells Fandom during an interview (watch below). "I’d love to bring Jennifer Lawrence in. I’d love to see Charlize Theron in there. Angelina Jolie…" 

We already know which part he's looking at for Jolie, but what of the others? Fassbender would make a nice Dr. Frankenstein, though so would his X-Men co-star Lawrence or his Prometheus co-star Theron. The Mummy is female this time around (played by Boutella), and any other character could swap gender, as well. Lawrence is used to being fully covered in scales and makeup in her role as Mystique, so perhaps she'd be comfortable in the title role of Creature from the Black Lagoon.

Kurtzman also updated the list of known Universal Monsters properties the studio is looking to reimagine for Dark Universe. He tells Fandom, "We know we’re going to do Frankenstein, Bride of Frankenstein, Dracula, Creature from the Black Lagoon, Phantom of the Opera, Hunchback of Notre Dame, Invisible Man..."

The titles we hadn't heard or confirmed until now are Dracula, which is a given (though Dracula Untold came out just three years ago, and at one time that was intended to be part of this new cinematic universe), and Phantom and Hunchback, the originals of which, both starring Lon Chaney, spearheaded Universal's horror history in the 1920s.

Lawrence and Theron are good spirits, and either would have fun with the unglamorous part of a female take on Hunchback's Quasimodo...

Of course, not all the stars have to play the famous Monsters. Cruise, after all, is just a soldier who get mixed up with the Mummy -- as far as we know, anyway. He does appear to come back from the dead in the trailer. Someone needs to play Hunchback's Esmerelda and Phantom's Christine and other new, modern characters like Cruise's. 

"There are characters within those films that can grow and expand and maybe even spin off," Kurtzman admits. "I think that digging into deep mythologies about monsters around the world is fair game for us, as well and connecting the monsters that we know to some surprising monsters could also be really interesting."

Where the Dark Universe movies go in the future is unknown and, by the sound of it, still up in the air. But it all begins with The Mummy, which is in theaters starting June 9, followed by Bill Condon's Bride of Frankenstein due on Valentine's Day 2019.

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