ByJancy Richardson, writer at Creators.co
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Universal's new take on The Mummy is due June 9, 2017, and we'll be seeing a new vision of the story, spearheaded by a female mummy. Princess Ahmanet (played by the fabulous Sofia Boutella) will rise as the wronged woman back from the grave to seek her revenge. Check out the trailer:

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What's interesting is that the titular mummy was originally intended to be a male character, director Alex Kurtzman told Cinema Blend:

"I had sort of rendered a design that I liked for a male version of 'The Mummy.' And in that version of 'The Mummy,' the Mummy had been born with a skin pigmentation that at the time would have made him really sort of an outcast. And I thought it was an interesting backstory, because it began to tell the story of someone who had been bullied, which I found topical. I was reaching for a way to make the Mummy a character who is relatable, understandable, and that spoke to issues that we're dealing with now."

Sofia Boutella's captivating eyes in 'The Mummy' [Credit: Universal]
Sofia Boutella's captivating eyes in 'The Mummy' [Credit: Universal]

Though he was happy with his design, Kurtzman realized he'd have to change it after the post-credits scene in X-Men: Apocalypse dropped:

"They had the character that Oscar Isaac wound up playing as a boy, and it was, I kid you not, the exact same design. And I was like, 'Oh, man! That is not good!' And actually it was the catalyst, it was the moment of, 'OK, not only is this not going to be different enough, Bryan Singer just did it, I definitely don't want to go down that road.' I had had that voice in my head for some time to make it a woman, and that was the moment where, the minute I saw that post-credits scene, I went, 'We have to start over.' I don't want to mess around even remotely with anything that feels familiar or feels like it's been done. I have to go in totally new territory.'"

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(Source: Cinema Blend)

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