Earlier this week, we learned that Universal has officially branded their “monster movie” cinematic designs as the “Dark Universe” of films.  Their ambitious future plans for the franchise revolve around a spate of upcoming films featuring the classic characters reimagined for the present day.

Those plans kick off with ‘The Mummy,’ the film that Universal execs are pinning most of their hopes on to kickstart the new franchise plans.  (Yes, they have announced that the next Dark Universe film will be 2019’s ‘Bride of Frankenstein,’ but as with all plans that hinge around a certain movie performing in a certain financial fashion, those plans are certainly subject to change.)

To that end, the PR hype machine for ‘The Mummy’ is hitting overdrive now, as the film’s release draws near.  We’ve been given a few new goodies that we’re excited to share with you!  First up, a short featurette about the new film and how it connects with Universal’s more “classic” properties:

Next up is a short clip from the film itself.  In it, we see Cruise’s character, Nick Morton, face off with the title character (Sofia Boutella), which – as one might imagine – doesn’t seem to end very well for Morton.

Tom Cruise headlines a spectacular, all-new cinematic version of the legend that has fascinated cultures all over the world since the dawn of civilization: The Mummy.

Thought safely entombed in a tomb deep beneath the unforgiving desert, an ancient princess (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.

Cruise is joined by a cast including Annabelle Wallis (upcoming King Arthur, television’s Peaky Blinders), Jake Johnson (Jurassic World), Courtney B. Vance (TV’s American Crime Story: The People V. O.J. Simpson) and Oscar® winner Russell Crowe (Gladiator).

The creative team on this action-adventure event is led by director/producer Alex Kurtzman and producer Chris Morgan, who have been instrumental in growing some of the most successful franchises of the past several years—with Kurtzman writing or producing entries in the Transformers, Star Trek and Mission: Impossible series, and Morgan being the narrative engineer of the Fast & Furious saga as it has experienced explosive growth from its third chapter on. Sean Daniel, who produced the most recent Mummy trilogy, produces alongside Kurtzman and Morgan.

‘The Mummy’ premieres in US theaters on June 9, 2017.

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Tony Schaab rolls his eyes when he hears kids reference a screen-cap of the original NES Super Mario game as a “Minecraft Mario” – you damn kids, get off my lawn!  A lover of most things sci-fi and horror, Tony is an author by day and a DJ by night. Come hang out with Tony on Twitter or follow him on Facebook to hear him spew semi-funny nonsense and get your opportunity to finally put him in his place.