As promised at the start of the weekend, Universal has released the first trailer for next summer’s The Mummy this evening. I have to admit that I am impressed with the trailer, if only for how it is set up. More than the first half of the two minute, thirty-five second clip is spent on just one sequence, the setup to and edited highlights of a plane crash and just a bit of its aftermath. Even in this edited form it looks as if the film will be a combination of classic horror and action-adventure, which bodes well. And I am kind of surprised that we get to hear some very unheroic screaming from star Tom Cruise. This is not the reaction we would expect from his Mission: Impossible Ethan Hunt character. The second part of the trailer is concerned with introducing many of the story elements that will be in play. Some we saw very quickly in Friday’s fifteen-second tease, but many are new. We get an idea as to what role Russell Crowe’s Dr. Jekyll will be playing in all this as well as an idea of the scope of the film.
The Mummy opens June 9, 2017.
Here’s the studio’s official synopsis –
Tom Cruise headlines a spectacular, all-new cinematic version of the legend that has fascinated cultures all over the world since the dawn of civilization: The Mummy.
Thought safely entombed in a tomb deep beneath the unforgiving desert, an ancient princess (Sofia Boutella of Kingsman: The Secret Service and Star Trek Beyond) whose destiny was unjustly taken from her is awakened in our current day, bringing with her malevolence grown over millennia and terrors that defy human comprehension.
From the sweeping sands of the Middle East through hidden labyrinths under modern-day London, The Mummy brings a surprising intensity and balance of wonder and thrills in an imaginative new take that ushers in a new world of gods and monsters.