Heading into the Cannes Film Festival to promote his latest buddy comedy The Nice Guys, Russell Crowe found himself amid speculation about two high-profile projects: one coming together, the other coming apart.
“I’m gonna do it,” Crowe told members of the press at a Beverly Hilton roundtable about Universal’s The Mummy, the new reboot starring Tom Cruise and directed by Alex Kurtzman, days after The Hollywood Reporter reported the move. In the film, he plays Dr. Henry Jekyll, Fellow of the Royal Society, opposite Cruise who plays a Navy Seal on a mission to root out terrorists in the Iraqi desert. Crowe counts Cruise as an old friend from when the latter was married to Nicole Kidman. “When he got a divorce I was part of the settlement package and I went to Nicole,” he joked.
The Oscar-winning actor said he was sold on the idea after a chat with Kurtzman, the screenwriter of Transformers. Currently in production, The Mummy is Kurtzman’s second directorial effort after 2012’s People Like Us. “Those kind of creative collaborative conversations, if they’re explosive like that from the first time you start talking, you’re actually into a really good place,” Crowe said of the meeting. “How they’ve pulled all of this stuff forward into a contemporary world, and how they build it out from there, and how all the other characters interweave in each other’s stories, mate, it’s fantastic.”
Crowe expressed full confidence in Kurtzman’s limited directing experience and offered a critical distinction between this iteration, targeting a June 2017 release, and the previous one starring Brendan Fraser and Rachel Weisz, which collected $416 million worldwide. “This one is kind of more designed to seriously scare the shit out of you.”
Source: Hollywood Reporter