CAIRO - 4 May 2017: Tom Cruise’s upcoming movie “The Mummy” to be released on June 9, witnesses the appearance of the ancient Egyptian Princess Amunet (or Ahmanet) portrayed by Algerian actress Sofia Boutella in a fictionalized characterization.
The film’s premise revolves around the main antagonist, the ancient Egyptian princess Amunet who was promised to be the new ruler of Egypt two thousand years ago. She was deceived by her father who wanted to pass the throne to his newborn son, so she kills him.
Unfortunately, Amunet’s plan is discovered and she is buried alive. In modern times, Amunet’s tomb is rediscovered by the American army, and she is brought back to life once again as “The Mummy”.
The Mummy 2017 poster - The Mummy facebook page
“It’s the first time that you see a female Mummy. She can’t be just a monster walking around scaring people, there needs to be something significant [in] her shining through,” Boutella said in an interview with Entertainment Weekly.
”To explore that psychology in her, what happened to her as a woman: Being deceived, because there’s a boy who comes into the picture all of a sudden,” she added.
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The character’s name “Ahmanet” is similar to the ancient Egyptian princess Amunet, a primordial goddess in ancient Egyptian religion and the consort of Amun, king of ancient Egyptian gods. However, the movie’s story is fictional and not related to the real princess.
Princess Amunet was also portrayed by Eva Green in the American-British drama series “Penny Dreadful” and in “Stargate SG-1” TV series.
The film is a remake of “The Mummy” which was released in 1932, and it marks the 4th film in the franchise.
The Mummy stars Tom Cruise, Sofia Boutella, Annabelle Wallis and Jake Johnson. It is directed by Alex Kurtzman, written by Jon Spaihts and Christopher McQuarrie.
Interesting trivia according to IMDb:
- Tom Cruise was nominated to star “The Mummy” (1999). Nevertheless, Brendan Fraser was eventually selected for the role. Surprisingly, Cruise plays the role eighteen years later in this remake.
- “The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor”, released in 2008, was the last live action mummy- movie.
- This remake of “The Mummy” comes out 85 years after the original one.
- This is Tom Cruise's second horror movie after "Interview with the Vampire" (1994).
- The film's tagline, "Welcome to a new world of gods and monsters", is borrowed from “Bride of Frankenstein” (1935), produced by Universal Pictures.