Yesterday, the hot rumor was that Universal’s planned Monsterverse was going to bring in Tom Cruise as the star of The Mummy reboot. Cruise would have actually been a great choice to headline the franchise, but Universal is just going to have to find someone else to star in the film.

Cruise’s representatives and even Universal itself have swiftly responded to The Mummy rumors by adamantly denying them. Cruise is filming Jack Reacher: Never Go Back, and the current plan is for him to begin filming Mission: Impossible 6 next summer. That wouldn’t have left a lot of time for The Mummy, if Cruise had actually been lined up for it.

The Mummy is expected to begin principal photography in February 2016 in order to meet its March 24, 2017 release date. Make no mistake, there is a lot riding on this film and not a lot of time to make it come together. Universal is attempting emulate the Marvel Cinematic Universe and bring all of its classic monsters together in a shared world. If The Mummy can’t bring in a massive audience then those plans could die in the cradle. That kind of failure would bring new meaning to “the curse of the Mummy.”

Although the rumors linking Cruise to The Mummy didn’t pan out, it makes sense that Universal would want to anchor the film around an established box office draw. The story details are currently under wraps (I swear that’s not pun), but the film will reportedly take place in the present. Back in 1999, Brendan Fraser starred in the last reboot of The Mummy, which took place in the ‘30s and led to two sequels and a spinoff featuring the Scorpion King, a character originated by Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.




Tom is in talks to join Universal’s reboot of The Mummy.

Sources say Universal has been looking for a big star to anchor the film, and is hoping Tom would fill that role. Universal had no comment.

Alex Kurtzman is helming the film, which will be set in modern day and is set for release on March 24, 2017. Jon Spaihts wrote the script although plot details are being kept deep in the tomb.

Universal’s The Mummy is planned as the first film in a series of interconnected monster films as Universal hopes to build a cinematic universe out of its vault of classic creature features. Other potential films revolve around the characters of Dracula, Frankenstein, the Invisible Man, the Bride of Frankenstein, and vampire hunter Van Helsing.

Tom was most recently seen in Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation. He was planning on reuniting with Doug Liman, for whom he recently wrapped 1980s drug movie Mena, for Luna Park but when Liman took on Fox’s Gambit, it left a space in his schedule for Mummy.

The movie will begin shooting mid- February. Tom will then head back to the Mission: Impossible franchise for the sixth installment, which will shoot in later 2016.  His other upcoming films include Jack Reacher: Never Go Back and Mena. He’s repped by CAA and Greenberg Glusker.