Now that Universal Pictures has released the first trailer for Alex Kurtzman‘s The Mummy, starring Tom Cruise, it’s time to answer some of those lingering questions we may have about the film. No, not about the shared Monsters universe that the studio is creating, but on how they shot that gravity-defying scene that sees Cruise and co-star Annabelle Wallis twisting and turning in a plane.
As it turns out, this wasn’t CGI or done on a soundstage. This was real and shot in an aircraft, appropriately called The Vomit Comet. Watch the featurette here below.
A little backstory on The Vomit Comet. It is an actual plane used to train in zero-gravity. If you are wondering why they call it that, it is because the plane flies in a parabolic arc, which allows for at least 20 seconds of weightless. It does take some time getting used to the experience, and those who undergo the training can experience nausea, hence the name.
What this tells us though is that there will be an emphasis on practical effects, something that has become more common in recent films. Of course, there will be those who remain skeptical about the idea of rebooting another franchise. But the fact that the cast looks very excited to be part of a film and the way Kurtzman talks about wanting to bring back the spirit of those classic monster movies has me believing that this could be somewhat entertaining.
Sofia Boutella, Russell Crowe, Jake Johnson, and Courtney B. Vance also star in the film. The Mummy opens in theaters on June 9, 2017.
Here’s the official plot synopsis:
Tom Cruise headlines a spectacular, all-new cinematic version of the legend that has fascinated cultures all over the world since the dawn of civilization: The Mummy.
Thought safely entombed in a tomb deep beneath the unforgiving desert, an ancient princess (Sofia Boutella of Kingsman: The Secret Service and Star Trek Beyond) whose destiny was unjustly taken from her is awakened in our current day, bringing with her malevolence grown over millennia and terrors that defy human comprehension.
From the sweeping sands of the Middle East through hidden labyrinths under modern-day London, The Mummy brings a surprising intensity and balance of wonder and thrills in an imaginative new take that ushers in a new world of gods and monsters.
Cruise is joined by a cast including Annabelle Wallis (upcoming King Arthur, television’s Peaky Blinders), Jake Johnson (Jurassic World), Courtney B. Vance (TV’s American Crime Story: The People V. O.J. Simpson) and Oscar® winner Russell Crowe (Gladiator).