The Mummy is looking to wrap up a big-name leading man in Tom Cruise.
EW has confirmed that Cruise is in talks to star in the Universal Pictures reboot, which is intended to launch a shared universe of monster movies based on the studio’s classic creatures, such as the Wolfman, Frankenstein’s monster, and Dracula.
Alex Kurtzman is on board to direct The Mummy from a script by Jon Spaihts (Prometheus, Doctor Strange). The film will be set in the present day and could feature a female mummy, but further plot details have yet to emerge.
Kurtzman, a veteran franchise screenwriter and producer with credits including the Star Trek and Transformers movies, is overseeing Universal’s monster-movie project with Chris Morgan. The plan is for the characters to anchor their own solo films and occasionally team up, a la Marvel’s Avengers movies. Kurtzman and Morgan are producing The Mummy with Sean Daniel.
Cruise most recently appeared in the summer hit Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation, and his upcoming films include the cartel thriller Mena and the sequel Jack Reacher: Never Go Back.
Variety first reported Cruise’s potential Mummy casting.