“The Mummy” returns, again


Like that pink bunny, franchises keep
going, and going, and going. But
before we even have a chance to gauge Maria Bello‘s success in taking over the role
of Evie in the Mummy movies, Bello revealed in an interview with MTV movie news that she’s committed to another
trilogy in the franchise.

Not that I’m complaining
too much. I was a fan of the first movie in
the Mummy franchise (though not so much that my ex-girlfriend
spent fifty bucks to get a Brendan Fraser haircut after seeing it).
If The Mummy‘s tongue-in-cheekiness wasn’t enough to win me over,
it was also my introduction to Rachel Weisz.

As I’ve lamented
I’ll be missing Weisz in The
Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor
, even though
one could do worse for a pinch hitter than Bello. I do like the
looks of her in the production stills.

When MTV spoke with her,
Bello continued to be enthusiastic about the role and the prospect of
future films. She’s looking forward to it, she says, because the
filming of this one was so fun: “I had to be on wires and do sword
work. It took days to do, and it was so much fun. I would do flips on
the wire and I’d land down and be like a little kid.”

This is what I’m looking
forward to in Mummy 3, actually. Bello’s been insisting
all along that her Evie is a more physical, ass-kicking role.
I don’t expect Evie to go completely
Tomb Raider, but it will be fun to see the character have a go at more
than verbal sparring.

Hey, here’s another request.
Can we have Michelle Yeoh and

Isabella Leong back in the next one, too?

could do without the terra cotta army, though. Life-size
clay figurines trigger unpleasant flashbacks to
Heavenly Creatures.)

Mummy 3 is set to hit
theaters in August. I’ll be there.

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