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At 53, Tom Cruise Is Offered Another Huge Film Franchise Lead

By Cindy Davis | Industry | November 25, 2015 |

By Cindy Davis | Industry | November 25, 2015 |

It works! Scientology really works, y’all! I might have to go buy myself a course or two; does anyone know if they make any vitamins? Thetans™! Get your soul instantly revived with only two small capsules a day!

Seriously though, Hollywood is a place, amirite? It’s a place where if you’re a powerful dude, you can be well into your fifties and still be considered an action hero or the lead of a new Universal franchise. Granted, the pool of younger actors with the botox box office draw of Cruise — or even the flat out confidence he exudes — is smaller than you’d imagine. So, no one will blink an eye when reading that Tommy-boy (I type that with the utmost respect) has been offered the lead role in the first of Universal’s monster movie universe revival, and he’s expected to “play a major part” in its kickoff, The Mummy (whether that’s as the chaser or the chasee remains to be *ahem* uncovered), slated for a 2017 release.

Universal has a plan to create a modernized, Avengers-like world for characters like Dracula, Wolf Man, the Bride of Frankenstein, the Invisible Man, Van Helsing and the Mummy, with creatures interacting and crossing films. Back in 2014, writers and producers Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan (who dub themselves “horror-geeks”) were hired to develop the reboot franchise, beginning with The Mummy, which will be set in present day; if Cruise takes the role, he’d be involved in multiple and crossover films.

If done correctly, this could be a great move on Universal’s part, and give the current superhero craze a little healthy competition. I love the idea of modern monsters bumping into each other (Penny Dreadful), and while Cruise is an interesting money-fueled choice, why not offer this thing to say…the SWINTON? I know, I’m a little crazy believing a modern movie studio would have the gumption to offer a female in her fifties a franchise lead, but we all know she would kick it in the balls.

HEY! Maybe they have something else in mind for Tilda?


NOPE. (Ugh)

“…even if Universal loses tens of millions of dollars on By the Sea, the studio is gambling that by backing Jolie Pitt’s artistic whim, she will be amenable to starring in its tentpole Bride of Frankenstein

Well, that’s Hollywood in a nut(ty)shell.

Happy Thanksgiving, you turkeys!


(via Variety)

Cindy Davis, (Twitter)

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