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The Mummy Reboot Could Star a Male or Female Mummy

Does a rotting corpse have a gender, anyway? Photo: Universal Pictures

Are we seeing a turn toward gender-blind casting? Following in the footsteps of Marvel’s casting of Tilda Swinton as the Ancient One in Strange — a male character in the comics — Universal’s The Mummy reboot could also do a gender shift and feature a woman in the role of the titular mummy. In the past, mummies have traditionally been played by male actors, whether it was Boris Karloff in the 1932 Mummy or Arnold Vosloo in the 1999 one. THR reports that this time around, director Alex Kurtzman and writer Jon Spaihts are open to casting either a male or a female for the role. This makes perfect sense to us because rotting corpses basically have no gender anyway, right?

The Mummy in The Mummy Could Be Any Gender