Unleash the monsters.
Universal plans to reveal its Dark Universe film franchise next week, and in doing so, rumors are swirling about possible casting options for films beyond next month’s “The Mummy,” with Tom Cruise.
The Hollywood Reporter writes that the studio may be courting both Angelina Jolie and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson for roles in “The Bride of Frankenstein” and “Wolfman,” respectively.
The franchise already has A-list star power — behind personalities like Tom Cruise and Russell Crowe in “The Mummy,” and casting choices Johnny Depp in “The Invisible Man” and Javier Bardem in “Frankenstein.”
Jolie starred in Disney’s 2014 dark fantasy “Maleficent” and took home a reported $20-plus million, meaning she could command a similarly steep price.
Also, according to The Playlist, Jolie was backed by Universal for the 2015 underperformer “By the Sea,” with the hopes she would make “Wanted 2” or “The Bride of Frankenstein.”
Johnson, fresh off his appearance in “Baywatch,” is having another busy year, with “The Fate of the Furious” and the December film “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle.” He appeared in the 2002 monster movie “The Scorpion King” and other popcorn flicks so he may not be averse to a role in this genre film.
Neither actor has officially been cast for the Dark Universe films. Universal’s willingness to move forward, and quickly, will most likely depend on “The Mummy’s” box office returns when it hits theaters June 9.
It has its sights set on a $40 million domestic opening plus more box-office success overseas, The Playlist notes.
Not including the “Mission: Impossible” films, Cruise’s last $40 million opening came in 2005’s “War of the Worlds.”
Source: Ny Daily News