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Sofia Boutella (The Mummy)

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It was supposed to kick-start an all new cinematic universe, but The Mummy unraveled pretty quickly. It got off on the right foot when Sofia Boutella’s Princess Ahmanet was introduced, but in the end, this reboot simply wasn’t as fun as the 1999 movie of the same name. According to SyFy, the reboot “did Sofia Boutella dirty” by minimizing her character in favor of Tom Cruise. “…It may be called The Mummy, but one of cinema’s rising stars never gets her moment to shine in the title role.”

The negative reviews and poor domestic box office numbers posted by The Mummy left the future of the Dark Universe in doubt, but for all the bad press, Boutella’s dedication to the project was never in doubt. The Algerian actress (who toured with Madonna and Rihanna as a backup dancer before she landed her breakout role) was a huge fan of Universal’s Classic Monster movies growing up, as she explained to the Independent. “It’s not just a monster walking around,” she said. “If you look at the original ones, they’re interesting, profound metaphors.”

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