Soon we'll be able to meet Russell Crowe's angrier alter ego (what a thought). Crowe has officially joined Tom Cruise's Mummy reboot, according to Variety, in what's being called a small "Dr. Jekyll-type role." This would set up a separate, presumably Jekyll-and-Hyde-type film down the line. Crowe confirmed his involvement at a roundtable junket yesterday, teasing that the film might err on the side of action in favor of horror. "This one is kind of more designed to seriously scare the shit out of you," he said. "It's very interesting, what they're gonna do with that stuff. I've had a couple of chats about it with the director [Alex Kurtzman]...there were a few things I put up in the air and he picked up on them." Jake Johnson and Courtney B. Vance will also be displaying their horror chops in the film.
The news comes after Johnny Depp signed on to play the Invisible Man in another Universal film — the studio is working on projects based on other famous monsters, including Dracula, Van Helsing, Bride of Frankenstein, and the Wolfman. Let this be a warning to future travelers: If you the disturb the rest of The Mummy franchise, you may soon find yourself with a monster-movie cinematic universe.
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LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - JULY 4: Movie star Tom Cruise (R) and 'Gladiator' lead Russell Crowe arrive for the premiere of Cruise's latest film 'Mission Impossible 2' at The Empire, Leicester Square, London, 04 June 2000. The movie has opened to rave reviews in America taking $41 million USD in its opening weekend. (Photo credit should read HUGO PHILPOTT/AFP/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 27: Actors Russell Crowe and Nicole Kidman attend the 19th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 27, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Angela Weiss/FilmMagic)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JULY 26, 1999: (EUROPE AND AUSTRALASIA OUT) Actors, Tom Cruise and Russell Crowe, watching the South Sydney rugby league team in action against the Auckland Warriors at the Sydney Football ground in Sydney on July 26, 1999. (Photo by Newspix/Getty Images)
WOLLONGONG, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 19: Nicole Kidman and Russell Crowe during the WBA Super Middle Weight Boxing Title Defence between the current champion Anthony Mundine of Australia and Yoshinori Nishizawa of Japan at the Wollongong Entertainment Centre on January 19, 2004 in Wollongong, Australia. (Photo by Mark Nolan/Getty Images)
Nicole Kidman and Russell Crowe attend a party for Kidman's movie 'Party Girl' which screened later in the evening at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah on Thursday, January 17, 2002. (Photo by Fred Hayes/WireImage)
Actors Russell Crowe, left, and Nicole Kidman chat at their table during the 8th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards Sunday, March 10, 2002, in Los Angeles. The Screen Actors Guild Awards are chosen by the guild's 98,000 members, the awards are given in five film and eight television categories. (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian)
Tom Cruise, Russell Crowe & Thandie Newton Attend The 'Mission:Impossible-2' Premiere In London'S West End. (Photo by Justin Goff\UK Press via Getty Images)
Actors Nicole Kidman jokes with her husband Tom Cruise during a photocall in Paris Thursday, Sept. 2, 1999. Kidman and Cruise are in Paris to promote late film director Stanley Kubrick's last film "Eyes Wide Shut." (AP Photo/Michel Euler)
American film stars Tom Cruise, left, and his wife Nicole Kidman wave on the stage prior to beginning of a Tokyo preview of film "Eyes Wide Shut" they head the cast Thursday, July 15, 1999. Director Stanley Kubrick's posthumous work will be released in Japan later this month. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)