Sofia Boutella, who had a breakout role in Kingsman: The Secret Service, is in talks to play the titular role in Universal's The Mummy, sources tell The Hollywood Reporter.
Yes, the monster in the new reboot will be female, as THR previously reported.
Tom Cruise is in negotiations to star in the modern-day set movie that Alex Kurtzman is helming and Universal will release March 24, 2017. Jon Spaihts wrote the script, although plot details are being kept deep in the tomb. Kurtzman is producing with Chris Morgan and Sean Daniel.
Universal's The Mummy is planned as the first pic in a series of interconnected monster movies as the studio hopes to build a cinematic universe out of its vault of classic creature features. Other potential films revolve around the characters of Dracula, Frankenstein, the Invisible Man, the Bride of Frankenstein and vampire hunter Van Helsing.
A Universal spokesperson said the studio is not commenting on any casting speculation surrounding Mummy.
Boutella played the blade-legged assassin who serves as the henchman for Samuel L. Jackson's villain in Kingsman, Fox's 2014 breakout hit starring Colin Firth and Taron Egerton. She is a classically trained dancer who is known for hip-hop and break-dancing, booking commercials for Nike and touring with Madonna.
Kingsman catapulted Boutella's acting career, as she has since booked a role in Paramount's Star Trek Beyond, directed by Justin Lin, and most recently nabbed a part in The Coldest City, a spy thriller toplined by Charlize Theron and James McAvoy and currently in pre-production.
Boutella is repped by CAA, 42 and Felker Toczek.