The Mummy franchise is one of the most popular Universal creations of all time.
Based on the original The Mummy (1932), the remake starring Brendan Fraser debuted in 1999 and featured a cast that included Rachel Weisz (Evelyn Carnahan), John Hannah (Jonathan Carnahan), and Arnold Vosloo (Imhotep). The Mummy Returns (2001]) featured the same cast of characters with a few new faces, including Freddie Boath (Alex) and Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson (The Scorpion King).
Seven years later, after a couple of The Scorpion King spin-offs, Fraser made a return to the franchise for The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor (2008), with Maria Bello now reprising the role of Evelyn Carnahan.
Following less-than-stellar reactions from fans, Universal decided that it needed to reboot the series and created The Mummy (2017), starring Tom Cruise (Nick Morton), Sofia Boutella (Ahmanet), and Annabelle Wallis (Jenny Halsey). This movie was thought to be the jumping point for the ‘Dark Universe,’ but reception was not good overall, and the Dark Universe was halted indefinitely.
A new report suggests Universal may look back to the original cast for The Mummy 4.
The report says:
A Brenaissance is happening. Before 2021, it had been a while since Brendan Fraser was in the spotlight. This year though, audiences have seen him return in a big way. After a wholesome video of the star went viral, fans collected to cheer the actor on, waiting for news of more upcoming roles for his big comeback. His fanbase wants to see him succeed. That’s something the studios take notice of. Now, after some work from one of our trusted and proven inside sources, we’ve learned that because of how Brendan Fraser’s fans have rallied for him, Universal wants to see him return as Rick O’Connell for The Mummy 4.
The publication also notes that there were previous plans for a fourth installment starring Fraser reportedly titled The Mummy: Rise of the Aztec. The villain in the movie was rumored to be Antonio Banderas, and it was planned to take place in South America, rather than in Egypt.
Whether or not Universal decides to bring back the original cast, including Fraser, it will be interesting to see how The Mummy 4 develops and what the final product looks like when they do, indeed, confirm the story and cast of characters.
In related news, Universal Orlando announced a lengthy closure for The Revenge of the Mummy dark coaster, beginning in January. The ride is expected to reopen in late summer 2022.
Would you like to see Brendan Fraser make a return to The Mummy franchise?