Russell Crowe in talks to join Tom Cruise in ‘The Mummy’ reboot

Shooting on the 2017 movie started in Oxford last month (April)

Russell Crowe is being lined up to star opposite Tom Cruise in Universal Pictures’ new big-budget The Mummy movie.

In addition to Cruise, the reboot’s impressive cast already includes Kingsman‘s Sofia Boutella, Peaky Blinders actress Annabelle Wallis, New Girl‘s Jake Johnson and American Crime Story actor Courtney B. Vance.

Shooting started last month (April) in Oxford. Cruise is believed to be playing a Navy SEAL who is sent to a bunker in the Iraqi desert on a mission to capture terrorists. However, once there he and his team discover that the bunker actually contains an ancient tomb which is home to The Mummy.

According to Deadline, Crowe is in early discussions to play a “Jekyll-like role” in the film. Insiders are speculating that this could eventually lead to a spin-off movie starring Crowe as Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic split personality character Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde.

Universal Pictures has set a release date of June 9, 2017 for The Mummy, the first in a series of classic monster movie reboots the studio is now planning.

Alex Kurtzman, perhaps best known as producer of the two most recent Star Trek movies, is directing from a script by Prometheus and Pacific Rim screenwriter Jon Spaihts.