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Press: Actress Sofia Boutella opens up about taking a chance on tricky films

 

THE NATIONAL – Even at the highest ­level, acting is still about playing dress-up. “When I was little, I used to put costumes on,” explains Sofia Boutella, relaxing in her hotel suite holding a cup of honey and lemon. “I wore my mum’s stuff. I would wear big dresses and try to fit in her heels, and put a hat on that didn’t fit me. Stuff like that. It’s more fun when you can look the least like yourself as possible.”

 

If it’s a trick to help preserve her anonymity as she climbs the Hollywood ladder, the Algerian-born actress has managed that pretty well so far. She was the high-kicking, blade-footed assassin in Kingsman: The Secret Service and the white-faced alien scavenger Jaylah in last year’s Star Trek Beyond.

 

Now co-starring with Tom Cruise, she’s just as unrecognisable as the title character in Universal’s new horror reboot, The Mummy. Playing Princess Ahmanet, the mummified Egyptian royal who plans to wreak havoc on the world after her slumber is disturbed, it’s the perfect disguise. But Boutella has no desire to hide on screen – a former dancer for Madonna, she’s a total perfectionist.

 

“I was doing this training for The Mummy, and I filmed myself,” she says. “Watching it, it didn’t look right. I thought: ‘How can we fix that?’ And that’s what I do, when I watch the end result.”

 

Directed by Alex Kurtzman, a former screenwriter whose credits include Star Trek and Cruise’s Mission: Impossible III, The Mummy is the first in a planned series of horror movies reviving the classic Universal monsters of the past. The so-called Dark Universe will see the return of Van Helsing, The Wolfman, The Invisible Man, the Creature from the Black Lagoon and next, in 2019, the Bride of Frankenstein.

 

For The Mummy, Boutella admits it was an “exhausting” process – certainly compared to playing Jaylah in Star Trek Beyond. “The Mummy is something else. The stages where you see her, and meet her, and she regenerates – that requires research and tests, and that was quite tiring. I think it’s one of those films where you can always be one inch from being the worst film ever. It’s finding that fine line.” What does she mean exactly?

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Gallery: “The Mummy” Premiere – Mexico City, MX

I’ll have more pics later tonight but here’s a couple. Sofia looks amazing in that color of red.

 
 

 

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Videos: FB Live Chat and More Interviews

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Videos: New “The Mummy” BTS & Movie Clips

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Videos: More Special Clips from “The Mummy”

 


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Videos from the Taiwan, Paris and Madrid Premieres of “The Mummy”

Paris Premiere

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Gallery: “The Mummy” Premiere – Paris

Not all of the pics are available yet so I’ll keep adding to it as I can. Sofia looks so glamorous!

 

 

 

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Gallery: “The Mummy” Premiere – Madrid, Spain

 

 

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The Mummy: New Look At Sofia Boutella’s Monster

EMPIRE – The new issue of Empire is in all good and not-so-good newsagents now, and within its pages there are a whole host of movie exclusives – among them, a sneak peek of The Mummy, the first in Universal’s planned Dark Universe series of films. We’ve studied the ancient papyrus of the issue in order to bring you a small preview – see below, and click to embiggen.

 

 

The image shows the film’s ostensible villain, Princess Ahmanet (Sofia Boutella): unwrapped after being entombed for millennia to wreak havoc in the 21st century. If we’re to care about her, she can’t simply have a one-dimensional world domination complex. “The thing I’ve been focused on more than anything is that she has a really good reason to be where she’s at,” explains the film’s director, Alex Kurtzman. “If we can relate to her, and experience that weird, confusing Universal feeling you get of loving and caring about the monster, then hopefully I will have succeeded.”

Universal Cancels ‘The Mummy’ London Premiere Following Manchester Bombing

THE WRAP – Universal Pictures announced Thursday that it has canceled the London premiere of Tom Cruise’s “The Mummy” in the wake of Monday’s deadly bombing at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester England.

 

“The Mummy” event had been scheduled for Thursday, June 1.

 

“All of us at Universal have been devastated by the terror attack in Manchester and continue to stand with the community and country as it recovers,” the studio said in a statement. “Out of respect to those affected by this tragedy we have decided not to move forward with the London premiere for ‘The Mummy’ scheduled to take place next week.”

 

On Wednesday, Warner Bros. called off its own London premiere for the DC Films release “Wonder Woman.” In its statement, the studio said, “Our thoughts are with those affected by the recent tragedy in the UK. In light of the current situation, we will not be proceeding with our plans for the Wonder Woman premiere and junket activities in London.”

 

“Wonder Woman” will have its U.S. premiere Thursday in Los Angeles. The film opens June 1 in the U.K. and June 2 in in the U.S.

 

In addition, Ariana Grande postponed her tour in response to the attack that killed 22 people and injured dozens more just after her Monday concert at the 22,000-seat Manchester Arena.

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