Universal Pictures has released an announcement for their shared universe centered on their stable of classic movie monsters confirming the official designation as Dark Universe. Included in the release was the officia logo, designed by WETA digital and theme music composed by Danny Elfman. It also came with the above photo of the main franchise stars cast so far, confirming the long-rumored Johnny Depp and Javier Bardem as The Invisible Man and Fankenstein’s Monster. They join the cast from The Mummy, which includes Tom Cruise as soldier Nick Morton, Sofia Boutella as The Mummy, and Russell Crowe as Dr. Henry Jekyll.
The studio also confirmed today that The Bride of Frankenstein will be the next film in the franchise to hit theaters, with a release date of February 14, 2019. Bill Condon (Beauty and the Beast, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn) will direct from a script by David Koepp (Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, War of the Worlds). No further casting announcements were included, but the studio assured an announcement would be coming soon.
There was no mention of who would be portraying the remaining monsters, alrhough previously, Angelina Jolie and Dwayne Johnson Were. said to be in the running for the Bride of Frankenstein and The Wolf Man, respectively, with Scarlet Johansson being eyed for the female lead in The Creature from the Black Lagoon. There’s also a Van Helsing solo film in the works, but like the other films, it is not yet past the scripting stage. With the franchise receiving an official name now, I would expect additional director and cast announcements to start rolling in anytime now.
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Source: Geek Tyrant