As fans get amped up to see Indiana Jones return this weekend, Universal has released a first look at the third film in its successful Mummy franchise, which is largely inspired by the exploits of Dr. Jones. The horror/adventure saga continues with the vfx-laden The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor, which is slated to hit theaters on Aug. 1. A first glimpse is now online for all to behold.
Franchise star Brendan Fraser is back for another battle with resurrected evil, but Maria Bello is taking over the role played by Rachel Weiss in the first two films. The third installment was also helmed by a new director. Rob Cohen (Stealth, The Fast and the Furious) took over for Stephen Sommers, who masterminded the first two movies, as well as Universal’s monster mash-up Van Helsing. Rhythm & Hues and Digital Domain handled the lion’s share of the visual effects work.
The trailer for The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor is available for viewing at www.robcohenthemummy.com. In addition to the trailer, the website features the director’s production blog and behind-the-scenes videos that include a inside look at the visual effects process.