It’s happening: Universal Pictures in conjunction with RealD has announced that Saturday, May 20 at 12 noon will be deemed The Mummy Day in celebration of its upcoming June 9 Tom Cruise tentpole. A 75-foot, 7-ton sarcophagus will be unveiled at Hollywood & Highland with Tom Cruise taking the stage with director Alex Kurtzman, and co-stars Annabelle Wallis, Sofia Boutella and Jake Johnson.
In addition at the Los Angeles famed Hollywood & Highland venue will be the The Mummy VR Zero Gravity Stunt Experience and The Mummy Escape Game.
The sarcophagus is the largest single vertical structure ever assembled at the gateway and took two firms a total of eight weeks to construct, and scores of workers more than 160 hours to install. To prepare Princess Ahmanet’s sarcophagus for its revealing on The Mummy Day, the tomb required 18 wide-load tractor trailers to move all of the elements into place.
“The Mummy has been such a labor of love for the hundreds of cast and crew who have worked for the past few years preparing its big-screen launch,” said Kurtzman in a statement. “When we built Princess Ahmanet’s sarcophagus for production, we had no idea that a 15,000-pound replica of her ‘eternal’ resting place would one day find its home at the intersection of Hollywood & Highland. I can’t wait to celebrate her story with the fans on May 20.”
The Mummy Zero Gravity Stunt VR Experience, which was on display at CinemaCon, goes behind the scenes with Cruise and Wallis as they perform the intense Zero G stunt as seen in The Mummy. The Mummy Escape Game is an immersive 10-player live-action experience, whereby guests are recruited as security guards to solve interactive puzzles to save mankind from the revenge of an ancient princess who has awakened.
The Industry Trust is the UK film, TV, and video industry’s consumer education body, promoting the value of copyright and creativity. They are currently running a campaign titled “Moments Worth Paying For,” which inspires viewers to respect the value of creative content by demonstrating that film, TV, and video have an entertainment value worth paying for.
Sofia Boutella, star of Universal’s upcoming The Mummy, is the latest actor to appear in an exclusive trailer for the campaign, which you can check out below.
In the video Boutella talks through the thrilling and spectacular action featured in The Mummy and how seeing it on the big screen gives the biggest and best impact, showing that the terrifying and heart-stopping moments really are worth paying for.
The Industry Trust’s consumer education campaign continues to deliver the core message – inspiring audiences to choose the big screen experience, and the trailer directs UK audiences to the industry-funded film search engine FindAnyFilm.com, which signposts them to legal content sources so they can book, buy, and watch at their convenience.
Due to the quality of some of the videos, I wasn’t able to add screencaps of all of her videos but I’m planning to add a video gallery that will have all of the actual videos. I still need to add the rest of the live videos.
“That’s so dark!”
Sofia Boutella is riding shotgun in my car, perhaps the filthiest vehicle currently on the road in West Hollywood, when she spots a stroller sitting on the sidewalk, abandoned in the dazzling Los Angeles sun. We’re on our way to her dentist, running 20 minutes late for an appointment to get her teeth cleaned. “That’s so dark,” she repeats. “What a weird vision. What a weird sight. There are some things it feels like you’re not supposed to see.”
This is not how the afternoon was meant to go.
The plan was pretty standard: I would meet Boutella on the rooftop of a hip Hollywood hotel. We would sip cocktails and take in the view. I would ask her questions about working opposite Tom Cruise in The Mummy, in which she plays the title role, as well as her part alongside Charlize Theron in Atomic Blonde, both of which release this summer. She would tell me some mild Hollywood gossip, repeat a bunch of platitudes about hard work and keeping her head on straight, and send me on my way to write A Celebrity Profile: a greased-lens look at her and her life, constructed in order to give the public a relatable Sofia Boutella character to imagine floating from rooftop to red carpet and set to set.
And in fact, though our time together was replete with lifestyle details—our French fries were sprinkled with truffle oil and Parmesan—it was also dotted with pedestrian inconveniences, the kind of humdrum low-key annoyances that are hallmarks of recognizably civilian life. For instance, the rooftop bar didn’t serve French fries, or any food for that matter, and we were both starving, so we ended up in the dark, loud downstairs restaurant instead. A series of scheduling snafus had accidentally sent Boutella to a different hotel before she met me, so we only had a brief window to eat and talk, which is how I ended up steering her through pre-rush hour traffic while I fired off questions and she finished the last of her fries in the passenger seat. It was an intense afternoon—not dreamy, not “relatable,” but mostly very ordinary: two slightly harried early-30s women trying to do their jobs. Which makes sense: Boutella has never been that into the glamorizing softness of a neatly turned narrative anyway.
This is mainly about Tom’s stuntwork but it does have a little snippet showing a scene with Sofia with him.