Russell Crowe (Gladiator, A Beautiful Mind, Les Miserables) has confirmed that he will be playing Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde in The Mummy, the Tom Cruise-starring film that will kick off the Universal Monsters shared universe. No news yet whether he gets paid twice over.
“I’m gonna do it,” Crowe told the press at a Beverly Hilton press announcement for The Mummy, promising, “This one is kind of more designed to seriously scare the shit out of you.”
In the film, he will play Dr Henry Jekyll, Fellow of the Royal Society, opposite Cruise who plays a Navy Seal on a mission to root out terrorists in the Iraqi desert.
Crowe says he was that director Alex Kurtzman won him over with an enthusiastic pitch that alleviated any doubts about the relatively inexperienced director (the Transformers and Star Trek screenwriter has currently only directed one previous film – 2012’s People Like Us). “Those kind of creative collaborative conversations, if they’re explosive like that from the first time you start talking, you’re actually into a really good place,” says Crowe of the meeting. “How they’ve pulled all of this stuff forward into a contemporary world, and how they build it out from there, and how all the other characters interweave in each other’s stories, mate, it’s fantastic.”