The trailers for ‘The Mummy‘ have hinted a bit about who Sofia Boutella’s Princess Ahmanet was from narration by Russel Crowe and now the actress is sharing a bit more. With Universal Pictures betting big on a reviving their cinematic monsters into a new shared universe, it is important that they draw audiences in. As the first monster, Boutella’s character is going to be highly important on doing just that.
While the shared universe won’t be as tightly knit as Marvel’s Cinematic Universe as we were once teased, they’ll still be related so giving us a frightening villain right off the bat is key to getting audiences excited for more.
Boutella doesn’t elaborate too much beyond what Crowe’s character has already hinted at but she does share a couple of new details:
“I’m an Egyptian princess who is promised to become Pharaoh and is deceived by her father. He removes that promise from her because he has a child, and the child is a son. Having nothing to lose, she summons the wrong god, in order to get what she wanted, that power that will give her what she was promised. She’s put aside for a very long time because she became dangerous. In modern times, she comes back, to go after what she was promised to receive, to begin with.”
So her power comes from a god, and her birthright was stolen by the birth of her brother. There are a lot more pieces at play here than just world domination, as she states:
“It was important to me that this character had a backstory, you know? It’s the first time that you see a female Mummy. She can’t be just a monster walking around scaring people. There needs to be something significant her shining through. To explore that psychology in her, what happened to her as a woman: Being deceived, because there’s a boy who comes into the picture all of a sudden.”
While we’ve been hearing that the cinematic universe isn’t going to be too connected, when they asked if Boutella would like to reprise her role she gave quite the obvious answer:
“Yes, of course! I really love her. I enjoyed exploring every aspect of her. I think she’s a complex character. Her story, and where she comes from, is really interesting to play.”
While it remains to be seen if audiences enjoy her in the role, we at least know that Boutella enjoyed playing the part.
Are you looking forward to ‘The Mummy’? Do you think that we’ll see Sofia Boutella play the character again down the line? Share your thoughts below!
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’ will be unwrapped on the big screen on June 9th, 2017.
Source: Entertainment Weekly
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