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Watch: New Trailers for ‘The Mummy’ and ‘King Arthur: Legend of the Sword’ Reboot Old Legends

Tom Cruise stars in one, Charlie Hunnam in the other.

Reboots have become commonplace in Hollywood. The idea is to take an old idea, preferably one with some degree of name recognition, add modern star power and give it a dazzling new spin.

As we’ve already noted, the makers of the new version of The Mummy faced the daunting challenge of satisfying the expectations of potential moviegoers who want an old-fashioned adventure movie and those who want a horror movie that’s filled with fantasy. The first trailer sought to pique the interest of both kinds of viewers by showcasing a spectacular sequence on board a military aircraft.

Now a spirited new trailer shows how Tom Cruise, Annabelle Wallis and company ended up on a military aircraft with a mysterious coffin. Watch it below.

What’s great about the trailer (and potentially the movie) is that it maintains a more serious attitude about the material, in contrast with the Brendan Fraser version that was more tongue in cheek. Cruise is a hard-nosed soldier who accepts a dangerous mission, but it’s clear that he doesn’t have any respect for the possible supernatural origins of Ahmanet, also known as the Mummy (Sofia Boutella), until she flexes her otherworldly powers.

By then it may be too late. The action here looks brisk and well executed. We get a much better look at Ahmanet and her powers, a few more moments with Dr. Henry Jekyll (Russell Crowe), and we even get a look at supporting player Jake Johnson.

The Mummy opens in theaters on June 9.

Meanwhile, King Arthur: Legend of the Sword is the umpteenth version of that very familiar legend, but with a bit of a twist we haven’t yet seen. A new trailer acknowledges a few familiar elements, such as Arthur (Charlie Hunnam) and his encounter with the sword, though it appears to set him up as a kind of lone wolf among the heroic set, surrounded by a lot of razzle-dazzle, a new villain (Jude Law) and the biggest elephant we’ve ever seen.

Annabelle Wallis and Eric Bana also star. Guy Ritchie (Robert Downey Jr.’s Sherlock Holmes) directed. Look for King Arthur: Legend of the Sword in theaters on May 12.

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