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Tom Cruise boards The Mummy as reboot gets new release date

Tom Cruise in Mission Impossible 3

Story by Jack Foley

TOM Cruise has officially boarded Universal’s reboot of The Mummy.

The Mission: Impossible star will play one of the lead characters alongside Kingsman star Sofia Boutella as the classic monster.

According to Variety, the reboot is designed to create a new franchise with a view to also bringing in other characters from Universal’s monster vault. The hope is that the various creatures will crop up in each other’s instalments before culminating in an Avengers-style tie-in film.

Cruise is not expected to produce the reboot but is apparently playing a major part in its development.

As a result, the film has been given extra time in production. The original March 24, 2017, release date has now been pushed back to June 9, 2017.

Very little else is known about the project at this stage, although Alex Kurtzman is directing from a script by Jon Spaihts. The action will also be set in the present day, unlike the previous three films starring Brendan Fraser and Rachel Weisz.

In the meantime, Cruise is busy finishing his latest Jack Reacher movie, Never Go Back, as well as drugs drama Mena. He has also committed to a sixth film in his Mission: Impossible series, following the success of last summer’s Rogue Nation.

And he is still attached to a Top Gun sequel.

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