Our modern world is one of relative comfort and ease, with the internet unifying us all and making our very existence just a bit easier. There aren’t a lot of modern monsters that strike fear into our hearts. Instead, we fill our time with real people that we perceive to be monsters, or who actually are at least somewhat monster-ish. That’s why Universal Pictures is looking to bring more classic monsters into our lives, just like they plan to do with a reboot of The Mummy.
This is the first in what appears to be a series of films that Universal will push out to expand and unify their universe of monsters. Already cast for The Mummy are Tom Cruise, Sofia Boutella, Annabelle Wallis and Jake Johnson. Just announced, according to Deadline, is the addition of Courtney B. Vance. Vance is perhaps best known for his recent work in American Crime Story: The People vs. OJ Simpson on FX. This show brought the courtroom drama of the OJ Simpson trial to light for a whole new generation of people, who didn’t grow up in a world where time stopped to watch OJ’s white Bronco racing down an LA freeway flanked by what felt like dozens of police cars.
Vance’s portrayal of legendary defense attorney Johnnie Cochran brought new life into the attorney and reminded us of one of the greatest defenses of all time; “If it doesn’t fit, you must acquit.” Now, whether Universal’s reboot of The Mummy can live up to the Brendan Fraser classic that spawned what felt like endless sequels and spin-offs (that would go on to launch the Rock’s film career) is another thing, but we can at least give it a try.