Russell Crowe to Play a Dr. Jekyll Type in Tom Cruise's 'The Mummy' Remake

Russell Crowe to Play a Dr. Jekyll Type in Tom Cruise's 'The Mummy' Remake

May 04, 2016

Just this morning, we reported that Universal has two new release dates for its monster movie cinematic universe, and now we might have a hint of what the first one could be: Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Why make that guess? Because according to Variety, Russell Crowe is now in talks to play that dualistic character in the first installment in the franchise, The Mummy

Variety actually refers to the part as merely a "Dr. Jekyll type," implying the studio doesn't have the rights to the Robert Louis Stevenson character, though he's technically in the public domain. Perhaps it's because these classic characters are being updated for modern audiences with a present-day setting in a way that will make them only loosely recognizable. 

There's also a note that Crowe will not be signed for anything more than The Mummy, which has already cast Tom Cruise as a Navy SEAL and Sofia Boutella as the title creature. Presumably that means this won't just be a cameo setting up more of the series. Universal reportedly hopes he'll be on board for a solo effort later -- as early as 2018?

This monsters universe thing is becoming a big, exciting star-studded franchise. According to The Hollywood Reporter's Borys Kit, the Jekyll role initially went out to Tom Hardy and then Javier Bardem, but Crowe is another great get. And Johnny Depp is supposed to be the Invisible Man in future installments. We can't wait to see who plays the Wolfman, Frankenstein's monster and the rest. 

The Mummy is due in theaters in just over a year, on June 9, 2017. 

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