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Russell Crowe joins Tom Cruise in The Mummy

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Story by Jack Foley

RUSSELL Crowe is to join Tom Cruise for Universal’s reboot of The Mummy.

The actor will play Dr Henry Jekyll, Fellow of the Royal Society, opposite Cruise, who plays a Navy Seal on a mission to root out terrorists in the Iraqi desert.

The modern day version of the classic horror forms part of Universal’s re-imagining of some of its classic horror titles, with Johnny Depp also confirmed to play The Invisible Man in another movie.

Crowe’s casting was confirmed by the actor himself while doing a round table in LA prior to his trip to Cannes for the premiere of his latest film, Nice Guys, in which he stars alongside Ryan Gosling.

When quizzed on the speculation surrounding his casting, Crowe said: “I’m gonna do it.”

He continued: “How they’ve pulled all of this stuff forward into a contemporary world, and how they build it out from there, and how all the other characters interweave in each other’s stories, mate, it’s fantastic.

“[And] this one is kind of more designed to seriously scare the shit out of you.”

The Mummy is being directed by Alex Kurtzman and is targeting a June 2017 release.

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