Tom Cruise officially boards "The Mummy" reboot

Tom Cruise and Sofia Boutella confirmed for "The Mummy".

23 Jan – It has been confirmed that "Mission: Impossible" star Tom Cruise has accepted a new mission. Only this time, instead of playing an agent, he will be playing an adventurer.

The actor will be all wrapped up in the upcoming "The Mummy", according to Variety, having signed on to star in the reboot.

Talks of him boarding the project had been around since late last year but it was only recently that it was confirmed both he and actress Sofia Boutella will be starring in it.

While it is not known exactly who Cruise will be playing, it is speculated that he will be taking over Brendan Fraser's role as the lead actor.

As for Boutella, the "Kingsman: The Secret Service" actress will be playing the titular mummy, making this the first time for the character to be portrayed by a woman. Previous movies have always featured men in the mummified role, including Jet Li who starred in 2008's "The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor".

The plot has yet to be revealed, though it is known that the movie will be set in present day, unlike its Fraser-starring predecessors.

The reboot will be helmed by Alex Kurtzman, who will be writing, directing and producing.

"The Mummy" will be the first movie to be released in Universal's shared universe monster movie reboot, which will include other monsters such as the Creature from the Black Lagoon, Frankenstein, the Wolfman and Dracula.

Originally slotted for release on 24 March next year, it has now been delayed by three months with a new release date of 9 June 2017.

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