The Mummy Tom Cruise

It’s the “hot topic” word in Hollywood over the last 10 years or so that everyone loves to hate: reboot.  Whether you’re a die-hard fan of the original property or if you’re someone who just swears up and down that the big-wigs have run out of “original ideas,” a reboot film puts lots of people into unease simply by existing.  There have, in actuality, been many rebooted films that have performed very well at the box office and have revived ideas or franchises that most movie-goers had thought long dead.  Universal Pictures is hoping for an experience of the latter variety as it works to unveil a reboot of ‘The Mummy‘ franchise that’s headed to theaters next year.

2017’s ‘The Mummy’ will actually serve a bigger purpose than just a simple reboot – it’s actually designed to launch a “shared universe” of Monster films for Universal, which will feature movies that also include the characters of Dracula, the Wolf Man, Van Helsing, the Creature from the Black Lagoon, the Bride of Frankenstein, and the Invisible Man.  ‘The Mummy’ also features a good amount of star power, with Tom Cruise headlining the film alongside Annabelle Wallis, Sofia Boutella, Jake Johnson, and Courtney B. Vance.  Rumors have been swirling over the last few weeks that Russell Crowe is in talks to come on board the film to portray another character in the “shared universe,” Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde.

Here’s what Universal released earlier today about the film’s plot:

Thought safely entombed in a crypt deep beneath the unforgiving desert, an ancient queen (Sofia Boutella of ‘Kingsman: The Secret Service’ and ‘Star Trek Beyond’) whose destiny was unjustly taken from her, is awakened in our current day, bringing with her malevolence grown over millennia and terrors that defy human comprehension.

From the sweeping sands of the Middle East through hidden labyrinths under modern-day London, ‘The Mummy’ brings a surprising intensity and balance of wonder and thrills in an imaginative new take that ushers in a new world of gods and monsters.

‘The Mummy’ is currently slated to hit American theaters on June 9, 2017.