The Mummy (1932) is an uncontested horror classic, having been produced and released at the beginning of the 20th Century horror movie period.
Having brought in such legendary actors as Christopher Lee and Boris Karloff, The Mummy franchise helped define the genre, building a new breed of horror movies, with stylistic and thematic elements which continue to exist in cinema today.
It has been announced that The Mummy is intended will be the next in line -- after last year's Dracula Untold -- of films featuring characters from the horror classics, and could serve an important role in the expansion and revival of the gothic-horror genre!
Now, under the banner of Universal, director Alex Kurtzman is bringing the franchise back from the dead, drawing The Mummy into the 21st century. Writer Jon Spaihts is already onboard for the project, having recently worked on Prometheus and Dr. Strange.
Redefinition of the franchise
However, Kurtzman is taking The Mummy in a whole new direction with a small but significant change. The Hollywood Reporter has recently revealed that the mummy could in fact be played by a woman, an eventuality which didn't occur in either the 1932 film or the 1999 remake.
A female star would certainly change the tone of the film, and would provide a change from that which we have seen in the past. It could also lean the franchise in a direction in which we see new spins on the horror classics.
Universal has announced that they will not necessarily be casting a woman, rather they will leave the position open to either gender and choose the star based solely on their merit as an actor. This is more than a good decision for the film, it's rather forward-thinking. Bravo, Universal!
Consequently, this means they have planned two alternate stories, one for a male actor and the other more fitting for a woman. So as of right now, no one knows the direction in which Kurtzman will take The Mummy reboot!
Who could play the female mummy?
So who can we expect to see play the role of the female mummy? I've come up with a few ideas for actresses who would be perfect for the role. Have a look and let me know what you think, or who you would suggest.
1. Tilda Swinton
The Scottish-born actress would make a great choice for The Mummy star, and with her already working with writer Jon Spaihts on Dr. Strange, she could be a real contender for the role.
2. Lupita Nyong'o
Who better for the role than Lupita Nyong'o, star of 12 Years a Slave and the upcoming Star Wars VII, she would be a fantastic choice and would add a real touch of class to the production.
3. Zoe Saldana
Having gone from strength to strength in Hollywood, Zoe Saldana could easily be selected for the leading role in The Mummy; currently lined up for Guardians of the Galaxy vol 2 and Star Trek Beyond, the actress would make a great contribution.
4. Michelle Rodriguez
Known for her role as the 'tough chick,' Michelle Rodriguez could fit perfectly into the role of an undead princess. Having appeared in films such as Resident Evil: Retribution and Battle: LA, she would be an interesting actress for the role.