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Action-packed new featurette takes you behind the scenes of The Mummy

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Dec 5, 2016

The fight scene between Russell Crowe and Tom Cruise may be worth the price of admission alone.

There's a brief moment in a new behind-the-scenes featurette on the making of the upcoming The Mummy where Tom Cruise says to a group of people assembled on the set that he and Crowe have been talking about working together for 20 years and now get to do a very cool fight scene. And the truth is, there's something about seeing these two world-class actors go fist-to-fist in a full-on, no-kidding brawl that is very exciting indeed.

As for the rest of the featurette, which follows Sunday night's premiere of the first trailer for The Mummy, it delves a bit more into the kind of movie that director Alex Kurtzman is making as well as the mechanics of some of the trailer's most showstopping moments, notably a sequence aboard a plane that was partially shot on a real zero-G aircraft known as the "Vomit Comet" (you can only imagine why). It's all part of the production's emphasis on using practical effects, sets and environments whenever possible, which is always a welcome change of pace in a business dominated by digital effects.

Cruise stars as Nick Morton, and while we don't know a whole lot about his character yet, he seems to be directly involved with unearthing the mummy of Princess Ahmanet (Sofia Boutella, Star Trek Beyond) and inadvertently unleashing her upon the modern world, with which she certainly appears to have some grievances. That also puts Morton on a collision course with Dr. Henry Jekyll, played by Crowe, who looks like he's going to be the gateway character that links from The Mummy directly into the other planned movies in the Universal Classic Monsters shared universe. That franchise will also include Johnny Depp as The Invisible Man and Javier Bardem as Frankenstein's creature, with more to come, although for those who were asking, 2014's Dracula Untold is fortunately not considered part of this particular canon.

Take a look at the featurette below and see whether it enhances your own view of yesterday's trailer. This isn't the Boris Karloff version of The Mummy, but nor is it the Brendan Fraser one. It seems like Kurtzman wants to create a modern action/adventure with dark supernatural overtones and a touch of horror to it -- or in his words, "a monster movie." Will he succeed? We'll find out when The Mummy opens on June 9, 2017.

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