“The Mummy” is a series of oft-rebooted films dating all the way back to 1911, telling the tale of an old, mummified being returning from the dead. Now, it seems, the latest reboot may similarly be hoping that fresh blood can help revive an older being.
According to Variety, British actress and “Peaky Blinders” star Annabelle Wallis is in talks to play the female lead opposite Cruise in “The Mummy” reboot, which will hit theaters in June of 2017. But here’s what’s raising eyebrows: Wallis is 31-years-old, and Tom Cruise is 53.
For those keeping score at home, that means Cruise is older than Wilfred Brimley when he shot “Cocoon,” while Wallis joins the ranks of such recent Cruise leading ladies as Rosamund Pike (33 when “Jack Reacher” came out), Emily Blunt (31 when “Edge of Tomorrow” hit theaters) and Olga Kurylenko (33 when she starred with Cruise in “Oblivion”).
It’s enough to make you wonder whether Maggie Gyllenhaal was onto something when the 37-year-old said Hollywood thinks she’s “too old” to play a love interest to a 55-year-old man.
The film has also added “New Girl” star Jake Johnson to the cast, reportedly playing a military character who works alongside Cruise’s special forces soldier.
Written and directed by Alex Kurtzman of “Star Trek” reboot fame, this new “Mummy” is expected to take place in the present day, which would set it apart from the Brendan Fraser blockbusters of a generation ago.