It’s been over 20 years since Brendan Fraser first starred in The Mummy, when he was one of Hollywood’s biggest stars. Since then, the actor has returned twice as Rick O’Connell for a couple more adventures fighting the Egyptian undead. Now that he’s enjoying the return of his career with the highly praised role of him in Darren Aronofsky’s The Whale, fans are longing for a return to his most well-known role.
Speaking in response to a question about The Mummy 4 at Fan Expo Canada in 2019, Fraser responded: “For me? Want one?”
After a standing ovation from the audience, the star said: “Did you hear that, Universal? Absolutely. I just have to say that I know how hard it is to make that movie, I tried to do it three times and the essential ingredient is fun. You have to remember to have fun. So if there’s a fun way to approach it again, I’m all for it.” And now, a new report on the reboot offers some very good news for fans who want the 54-year-old to return as Rick.
Take it with a grain of salt, but according to Giant Freakin Robot’s trusted and proven sources, Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah will be in charge of The Mummy reboot.
The duo behind Bad Boys for Life also directed the unreleased Warner Bros. film Batgirl, which starred Brendan Fraser as the villainous Firefly.
Having worked together, surely the filmmakers could persuade the actor to return as Rick.
The outlet noted that they believe the reboot will be an entirely new story following the same formula, but could be set in the same universe as The Mummy trilogy with room for legacy characters.
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This has proven popular for Hollywood in recent years. Just earlier this summer he welcomed the return of the original Jurassic Park trio in Jurassic World: Dominion. Plus, Harrison Ford will return as Indiana Jones in his eighties, so seeing Fraser return as Rick is certainly within the realm of possibility.
After Tom Cruise’s failed reboot of Universal’s The Mummy in 2017, going back to basics in the world of the 1999 classic may be your best bet for breathing new life into the corpse of this franchise. Perhaps The Rock could even be persuaded to return as The Scorpion King?
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