New Girl star Jake Johnson has joined The Mummy, the Universal Studios tentpole that is serving as the gateway into the studio’s cinematic monster universe.
The comedic actor, who was a scene-stealer in his first tentpole, Universal’s Jurassic World, is joining a roll call that includes Tom Cruise and Sofia Boutella, while Annabelle Wallis is in talks to also board the project.
The storyline is set in the modern day, with Cruise set to play a special forces soldier (or former soldier), sources tell The Hollywood Reporter. Wallis, one of the stars of British gangster show Peaky Blinders, is to be a scientist while Boutella, who had a breakout role in Kingsman: The Secret Service, is in talks to play the titular role.
In a role written specifically for him, Johnson will play a member of the military.
Alex Kurtzman is directing the movie, headed for a April start, and is producing Mummy with Chris Morgan and Sean Daniel.
Johnson’s other feature credits include comedies 21 Jump Street, Neighbors and a starring turn in Let’s Be Cops.
He is repped by UTA, 3 Arts Entertainment and Jackoway Tyerman.
Executive vp Jon Mone and vp Jay Polidoro are overseeing production on behalf of Universal.
Source: Hollywood Reporter
Wallis will play an archaeologist in the film. Sofia Boutella, meanwhile, is on board to play the iconic monster.
The film is set to bow on June 9, 2017.
The studio tapped Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan last summer to help develop a monster universe for Universal with rebooted versions of classic monster movies. Kurtzman is also on board to direct, and will produce alongside Morgan and Sean Daniel.
Jon Spaihts is penning the script. Plot details are vague other than the fact that the pic will be set in the present day, unlike the previous three installments starring Brendan Fraser.
Universal executive VP of production Jon Mone and VP of development Jay Polidoro will oversee the project for the studio.
Wallis is best known for her work in Steven Knight’s “Peaky Blinders.” She also starred in the 2014 horror pic “Annabelle” and the comedy “Brothers Grimsby.” Wallis will play Maid Maggie in Guy Ritchie’s upcoming King Arthur movie — set for release in 2017. She also recently wrapped Zack Whedon’s thriller “Come and Find Me” opposite Aaron Paul.
She is repped by UTA, United Agents and Untitled Entertainment.
The action-packed thrill-ride that helped define a generation celebrates its 30th anniversary as Top Gun arrives in a Limited Edition Blu-ray Combo Steelbook on May 3rd from Paramount Home Media Distribution. The classic Tony Scott film stars Tom Cruise, Kelly McGillis, Val Kilmer, Anthony Edwards, Tom Skerritt and Michael Ironside.
The story of an elite group of pilots competing to be the best in their class and earn the title of “Top Gun” captured the imagination of moviegoers upon its release on May 16, 1986, ultimately earning a worldwide box office of over $350 million. Tom Cruise is the cocky but talented pilot Maverick and Kelly McGillis is the civilian instructor who teaches him a few things you can’t learn in a classroom. Featuring a soundtrack with songs that include Berlin’s “Take My Breath Away” and Kenny Loggins’ “Danger Zone”, the film also stars Val Kilmer, Anthony Edwards and Meg Ryan.
The 30th Anniversary release of Top Gun is presented in 1080p with DTS-HD Master Audio 6.1 surround. Special features include:
– Commentary by producer Jerry Bruckheimer, director Tony Scott, co-screenwriter Jack Epps, Jr. and naval experts
– Danger Zone: The Making of Top Gun
– Multi-Angle Storyboards with optional commentary by Tony Scott
– Best of the Best: Inside the Real Top Gun
– Music Videos:
–> Kenny Loggins—”Danger Zone”
–> Berlin—”Take My Breath Away”
–> Loverboy—”Heaven In Your Eyes”
–> Harold Faltermeyer and Steve Stevens—”Top Gun Anthem”
– TV Spots
– Behind-the-Scenes Featurette
– Survival Training Featurette
– Tom Cruise Interviews
Tom has arrived today in Malta to scout locations for upcoming film “The Mummy”. He was seen touring Fort St Elmo in Valletta, Malta.