Despite all of the weird stuff he has done and that whole Scientology thing (and all of the weird stuff it has done), Tom Cruise is still one of the biggest movie stars in the world. Soon, though, his career may reach an unexpected new stage, commonly referred to as the “Replacement For Brendan Fraser Stage.” That’s because Entertainment Weekly and Variety are reporting that Cruise is in talks to star in Universal’s The Mummy, a reboot of the Brendan Fraser-starring series (which itself was a reboot of the old series from back when mummies were more common). In a way, this is a compliment to Brendan Fraser, since Universal decided to go for someone way better than him for the next movie instead of someone equal or worse than him…but it’s also probably an insult, since we just referred to Cruise as “way better than him.”
Anyway, Alex Kurtzman is set to direct The Mummy, which might feature one of those lady mummies you hear about from time to time. It’ll also be a part of Universal’s Avengers-style monster universe, which is still a thing that is happening even though everyone seems to agree it’s a bad idea. Although, with Tom Cruise on board, it might seem a little less stupid than it does now.