Universal Pictures is in the process of rebooting its shared monster movie universe for the 21st century, starting in 2017 with the release of The Mummy from director Alex Kurtzman (who is overseeing the rebooted monster-verse with Fast & Furious series writer/producer, Chris Morgan). The studio is also reported to be developing reboots of such supernatural monster film series as Invisible Man, Bride of Frankenstein, and The Wolf Man, among others.
So far, Universal has confirmed that Sofia Boutella (Kingsman: The Secret Service) is playing The Mummy in the rebooted monster cinematic universe. Also confirmed as part of the monster-verse’s ensemble cast is Russell Crowe, who will make his debut as Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde in Kurtzman’s The Mummy. Beyond that, a handful of A-listers have been reported as either in talks or being courted to headline one of the upcoming Universal monsters over the past year – and we can now add yet another big-name star to the potential roster.
Deadline reports that Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is (allegedly) Universal’s top choice to headline The Wolf Man reboot down the line. This news was included as part of a larger article about Sony Pictures having acquired the pitch for a Son of Shaolin movie, based on the upcoming graphic novel that Johnson co-developed. Although Sony is interested in having Johnson appear in the Son of Shaolin film, Deadline reports that idea is being“understandably downplayed” right now, given The Rock’s already-dense workload.