“IF YOU SMELL, WHAT THE WOLFMAN IS COOKING” Universal Eye Up Dwayne Johnson for Their Dark Universe

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Previously, we’ve mentioned how Universal Pictures are starting up a shared monster based “Dark Universe” with the Tom Cruise lead The Mummy acting as the catalyst.

The franchise would also include the Creature from the Black Lagoon, Frankenstein and his Monster, and the Invisible Man, most of which have some high-profile names attached to them already.

On the 31st May, however, another monster from Universal’s catalogue was announced with yet another big name possible attached to it.

As reported by the Hollywood ReporterUniversal have their eyes on Dwayne Johnson to play the Wolfman in the Dark Universe reboot.

And yes, technically you could say the Rock is making a return to the franchise as he infamously starred as the Scorpion King in the Mummy Returns alongside Brendan Fraser, and then as the lead in the spin-off sequel movie the Scorpion King.

Whilst we do not as yet have too much on the story, the idea that Universal Studios are getting actors as high-profile as Tom Cruise, Dwayne Johnson, and more onboard shows that they have faith in this new universe, though time will tell how well The Mummy will do.

Aside from Cruise’s appearance in The Mummy, and The Rock’s potential as the Wolfman, Johnny Depp is set to ‘appear’ as the Invisible Man, Russell Crowe, who also pops up in The Mummy, will feature in Dr Jekyll, Javier Bardem will star in Frankenstein’s Monster, and there’s the Bride of Frankenstein movie, which Universal would like to have Angelina Jolie on board for and is set to release rather appropriately on 14th February 2019, and Creature from the Black Lagoon which is to be directed by Beauty and the Beast’s Bill Condon.

Starring Tom Cruise as Nick Morton, Sofia Boutella as Princess Ahmanet, Annabelle Wallis as Jenny Halsey, Jake Johnson as Sgt. Vail, Courtney B. Vance as Colonel Gideon Forster, and Russell Crowe as Dr Henry Jekyll/Mr Hyde, with Alex Kurtzman acting as director, the Mummy is set to kick-off Universal Studios’ Dark Universe, presuming it performs well enough at the cinemas.

-James, 05/06/17

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