Less than three weeks out from The Mummy, Universal has officially announced the name for its monster universe. The shared universe of rebooted classic monster movies will be known as Dark Universe. As previously reported, the universe will include a modern take on the films The Invisible Man, Bride Of Frankenstein, as well as The Mummy which will hit cinemas June 9. The Dark Universe will be connected through a mysterious multi-national organisation known as the Prodigium, which will be run by Dr. Henry Jekyll.
The Prodigium’s mission is to track, study and – when necessary – destroy evil embodied in the form of monsters in our world. The organisation works outside the aegis of any government. Shrouded in secrecy, Prodigium protects the public from the knowledge that monsters walk among us in our civilised society and will go to any lengths to contain in.
While Universal has previously announced their lead actors for the Dark Universe, this is the first time the all-star cast have gathered for a photo. Pictured below, Johnny Depp and Javier Bardem will take the leading roles of the Invisible Man and Frankenstein’s Monster, along with Russell Crowe who will play Dr. Henry Jekyll, Tom Cruise who will play The Mummy‘s Nick Morton, and Sofia Boutella who will also have a starring role in The Mummy.
This isn’t the first time a cinematic monster universe has been created at Universal. While many associate the term ‘shared cinematic universe’ with Marvel and DC, throughout the 1920s to the 1950s Universal studios created what was known as ‘Universal Monsters’ or ‘Universal Horror’, which was a shared universe featuring horror, suspense and science fiction films. The Universe included classic titles such as The Hunchback of Notre Dame, The Phantom of the Opera, Dracula, Frankenstein, The Mummy, The Invisible Man, The Wolf Man and Creature from the Black Lagoon.
The Dark Universe is created by Alex Kurtzman (Director and Producer of The Mummy) and Chris Morgan (Producer of the Mummy), alongside Oscar-award winning Christopher McQuarrie (Mission: Impossible) and Jurassic Park’s David Koepp.
Check out the teaser image for the Universal’s Dark Universe below: