Can You Smell What The Wolfman’s Cookin’?

Another week, another rumor for Universal’s recently-announced monster movie series “Dark Universe”. It’s no secret that Universal has been going after A-list actors to bring their monsters to life, with Tom Cruise and Russell Crowe leading the charge as two of the stars of The Mummy (playing Nick Morton and Dr. Jekyll, respectively). Javier Bardem has also been cast as the Frankenstein Monster in the recently announced Bill Condon-directed Bride of Frankenstein, and Johnny Depp rounds out the list of confirmed stars as The Invisible Man in an as-yet-unannounced feature.

It has long been rumored that Universal is very much interested in Angelina Jolie to play the title role in Bride of Frankenstein, but just recently, another rumor has been making the rounds suggesting that Universal is sparing no expense in an attempt to land Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson in the role of Lawrence Talbot/The Wolfman, the part made famous by Lon Chaney Jr. in the 1941 original film The Wolf Man. This shouldn’t come as a surprise, as Johnson has proven to be a real draw for movie-going audiences, having found success throughout multiple genres and franchises. He’s been an action hero, a dramatic actor, and a great comedian, so why not try his hand at horror? In fact, let us not forget that before he was revitalizing the Fast and the Furious series, and back when the public knew him simply as “The Rock”, Johnson experienced his first real foray into acting in motion pictures playing The Scorpion King in 2001’s The Mummy Returns. Perhaps things are coming around full circle and the prodigal son is returning home to the universe – or Dark Universe – that helped make Dwayne Johnson a household name beyond the wrestling ring.

What do you think about Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson possibly stepping into the furry paws of Lon Chaney Jr.? Will this be a welcome back to the universe that helped launch his acting career? If so, let us just hope the makeup looks a tad better than this:

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-Freddy

Universal Reveals the “Dark Universe”

We’re just two weeks away from the release of Universal’s The Mummy, the first in a presumed shared universe of inter-connected monster movies. Presumptions have now officially been made reality as Universal has not only given this shared universe a name – “Dark Universe” – but they’ve already revealed the next feature to follow after The Mummy.

Bride of Frankenstein will be released on February 14th, 2019 – a romantic date for Universal’s most delightfully frightful couple. The film will be directed by Bill Condon – right off the heels of his monster hit (see what I did there?) Beauty and the Beast – based on a screenplay by David Koepp (Jurassic Park).

Angelina Jolie has long been rumored to portray the role made famous by Elsa Lanchester in the 1935 James Whale original. While no official casting announcement has been made, Universal has stated that casting of the titular role will be announced soon.

Universal has already confirmed that Academy Award Winner Javier Bardem will be joining the Dark Universe family as the Frankenstein Monster, so we can only assume that he will be playing a major role in Bride. Bardem is the latest actor to join the star-studded Dark Universe alongside Johnny Depp as The Invisible Man, Russell Crowe as Dr. Jekyll, Tom Cruise as Nick Morton, and Sofia Boutella as the titular monster in The Mummy. Universal has assembled the stars in the first official Dark Universe cast photo below.

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Additionally, Universal has released a sizzle reel comprised of footage from the original Universal Monsters shared universe (more on that here).

What are your thoughts on the Dark Universe? Which monster are you most excited to see reimagined on the big screen? And most importantly, which of these movies will make the best future Halloween Horror Nights house?!

-Freddy