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Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Sofia Boutella Is My New Favorite "Other" in Sci-Fi

We all know that when Hollywood discovers something that works, they'll ride it until the wheels fall off. Then, staple those wheels back on 10 years later and call it a "reimagining."

That's kinda what's happening with Sofia Boutella, who's quickly become the go-to actress to cast as an alien, creature, and general "other" in sci-fi films. Most recently it was Jayla, the badass alien chick in Star Trek Beyond. And now it's the title character in THE MUMMY, one of the oldest undead villains in cinema facing off against the mere human Tom Cruise. That iconic character is now being played by one of the most intriguing new women in sci-fi right now. And I am all over this.

As always, I acknowledge that I may be one of the few Cruise fans still walking the face of the Earth, but I am so ready to see him go head-to-head with a woman antihero--especially one who might have mysterious super powers. Synopsis:

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.

Check out the preview images from the film, which also stars Russell Crowe and Courtney B. Vance:

THE MUMMY was directed by Alex Kurtzman and written by Christopher McQuarrie (Edge of Tomorrow, Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation, Jack Reacher) and Jon Spaihts (Val Helsing, Doctor Strange, Prometheus). It hits theaters June 9, 2017. 



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