Universal Pictures is courting Angelina Jolie and Dwayne Johnson over its monster-themed cinematic franchise project, Dark Universe, which is to include films about The Mummy, Frankenstein, The Invisible Man, Wolfman and Dr. Jekyll.
June sees Universal Pictures' reboot of "The Mummy" arrive in cinemas, kickstarting a new era of monster movies from the studio.
In anticipation of its debut, The Hollywood Reporter brings news that Universal is making moves to recruit star headliners Angelina Jolie and Dwayne Johnson for an expanding roster of A-list talent.
Already involved in the Dark Universe are Tom Cruise and Sofia Boutella, who co-star in "The Mummy," as well as Russell Crowe, Johnny Depp, and Javier Bardem.
Russell Crowe, who is also introduced to the Dark Universe through "The Mummy," is to head up an undated "Dr. Jekyll," with Johnny Depp leading "The Invisible Man" (2020) and Javier Bardem doing the same for "Frankenstein's Monster" (TBA.)
Jolie is thought to be in the frame for "Bride of Frankenstein," whose February 2019 date means it's next on the Dark Universe release calendar after "The Mummy," though THR cautions that negotiations are yet to begin.
Johnson previously appeared in Universal's 2001 release "The Mummy Returns" -- in fact, it was his motion picture debut -- as well as 2002 prequel "The Scorpion King."
Absent from 2017's version of "The Mummy," whose cast includes Tom Cruise, Annabelle Wallis, Sofia Boutella and Russell Crowe, Johnson is being linked with the title role in a new "Wolfman."
Now better known for his involvement in the "Fast and the Furious" franchise, if Johnson joined the Dark Universe he'd be joining up again with writer Chris Morgan, who is now a key producer on the project.
Like Angelina Jolie, he has begun occupying a producer's roles on his more recent movie projects. Perhaps both will seek similar positions within the Dark Universe.