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Annabelle wallis on ‘the silencing’ and convincing tom cruise to run with her.

At this point in her career, Annabelle Wallis is swinging for the fences, something James Wan reaffirmed to her on the set of their much-anticipated genre film, Malignant.

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Annabelle Wallis on 'The Silencing' and Running with Tom Cruise

At this point in her career, Annabelle Wallis is swinging for the fences, something James Wan reaffirmed to her on the set of their much-anticipated genre film, Malignant . Wallis — who’s best known for her role as Peaky Blinders fan-favorite Grace Burgess — returns to the screen as Alice Gustafson, a guilt-ridden Midwestern sheriff who pursues a killer in Robin Pront’s The Silencing . After numerous roles in period dramas and genre films like The Mummy , King Arthur: Legend of the Sword and Annabelle , the British actor knew it was time for her career to take a left turn. So when the role of a Minnesotan sheriff emerged on her radar, Wallis’ interest was met with some skepticism by those around her, but such doubt only motivated her to pursue the role.

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“I’m at a place in my life and my career where it’s time to be brave. It’s time to push,” Wallis tells The Hollywood Reporter . “There’s a lot of people who don’t think I can do an American accent… And when I spoke to people about the fact that I was going to play a sheriff, there was kind of this side look of slight doubt, which also encouraged me further.”

Since the coronavirus pandemic reshuffled the entirety of Hollywood’s slate, The Silencing is essentially taking the Aug. 14 release date that once belonged to Malignant , Wallis’ second collaboration with Wan. While Malignant remains undated for the time being, Wallis is already buzzing in anticipation.

“I think we have something very special. I think it’s genre-bending. I think it’s so brave. It’s so original. I just haven’t read anything like it,” Wallis shares. “And James Wan, we worked together on Annabelle , so he was like, ‘I wrote this part for you, Annabelle. Let’s collaborate.’ I think I’ve found in him such a wonderful collaborator, and I know that we will continue working together for years to come. I think it’s really going to be something that audiences are pretty wowed by because it’s a real passion project for him.”

Three years removed from her starring role alongside Tom Cruise in 2017’s The Mummy , Wallis still fields questions about the thrill-seeking movie star/stuntman. In fact, Wallis has quite the bragging right as she inspired Cruise to make the rarest of exceptions.

“I got to run on-screen with him, but he told me no at first. He said, ‘Nobody runs on-screen [with me],’ and I said, ‘But I’m a really good runner,’” Wallis recalls. “So, I would time my treadmill so that he’d walk in and see me run. And then he added all these running scenes. So, that was it. It was, like, better than an Oscar. I was so happy! I was so happy that I got to run on-screen with Tom Cruise.”

In a recent conversation with THR , Wallis also reveals why she left the BBC’s smash hit, Peaky Blinders , in season three and her hopes to work with Cillian Murphy again on both Peaky Blinders and a completely separate project. The Silencing director, Robin Pront, also adds his insight into casting Wallis and why she was perfect for the role of Sheriff Alice Gustafson.

Annabelle, I loved seeing you in something that is markedly different from your existing work. Was that a big factor in your commitment to The Silencing ?

Annabelle Wallis:  Yeah, that definitely was. I think it’s a big factor in my career. At this point, when you get the freedom of slightly more choice, there is a debt you feel to kind of flex your muscles as a performer. Because of the idea that you might not get this chance again, I feel there is kind of this desire to be brave about the choices a bit more, whether they work out or not. So yeah, it was definitely a choice going into this film. And yes, it’s a remaining factor that I apply to a lot of my choices.

Robin, how did it become apparent that Annabelle was your Alice?

Robin Pront: Because of the decisions that the character makes in the film, it was important that we found somebody who we always felt somewhat sympathetic with, and Annabelle has that kind of grace over her. So that’s why I thought she would be perfect for the role. Then, we went out to her with the script, and she liked it. She’s also a blast in real life, which is a plus. So that’s how we got to talking with her, and she was very happy to commit to the project. 

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So when you receive a script like The Silencing , are you able to read it objectively at first, or do you immediately start imagining yourself in the role of Sheriff Alice Gustafson and begin voicing her in your head?

Wallis: I immediately become the character, but I would love to be able to be more objective and more, let’s say, analytical about a script and understanding the beats. I’m more of an emotional reader, and I get really wrapped up. I apply my own emotions to it so strongly that it can kind of consume me. So, I guess I definitely do get very much attached to the character and the world, and my imagination goes wild thinking about the way you would shoot it and the way I would speak in the character’s voice. So yeah, it’s definitely an all-consuming task when asked to read a script.

Were you able to talk to any women sheriffs for perspective and insight on how they handle a job that presents numerous challenges that male sheriffs don’t have to endure?

Wallis:  Well, there are so many incredible podcasts out there about real-life cold cases and experiences, as well as in-depth interviews with women in the field. I didn’t realize that the sheriff is elected by the people. I mean, I’m English. It’s a hierarchy system that I was new to, so I was interested in that aspect. I was interested in how a woman makes a choice to go into that world. What kind of woman chooses to confront sexism face-on like that and push through? There’s obviously this iron will behind it that I really find exciting, and I find truth about the women that I know and the women that I experience. So, I didn’t talk to one in particular, because there are few around, but we definitely had an advisor on set who I spoke to a lot. And when I spoke to people about the fact that I was going to play a sheriff, there was kind of this side look of slight doubt, which also encouraged me further.

Pront: As a woman, especially in these small towns, it’s a very rough world. We talked a lot about how she would be perceived and the looks that she got when she walked around town. I definitely tried to go wide to see the looks of the people. There are a lot of subtleties, and it’s always there in the background.

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I don’t want to give away the big choice that Alice makes in the middle of the movie, but even though actors are taught not to judge their characters, was it difficult for you to rationalize what she did at first?

Wallis:  No, I crave truth, and I know that I would be denying the truth if I were to reject the fact that people make choices in a moment that then, of course, they regret. A myriad of emotions go on within any given human that to assume that they will always make the right choice — and to not give them the benefit of the doubt for both the good choice and the bad — would be denying humanity. And so, I’m interested in characters who are fundamentally confused. What is flawed? What in our society have we told ourselves is a flaw? And where are the parameters of that? How do you redeem yourself to the audience once you make what we interpret as a flaw? What she does is not very good, so I’m not going to say I agree with her. But I do think it’s important to allow humans to be humans, and to not shy away from the discomfort of the choices we make. I know in my life, I’ve had to make uncomfortable decisions; I know people around me have. And especially with female characters, all the more I have this real desire to push women into a place of truth in that they are just as complex and just as flawed. There’s an equality there in all of us. The through-line really is that we all similarly cave in moments of great pressure, and I find that very exciting to put on-screen. And I guess I don’t feel the desire to be the good guy all the time, or the good girl. I’m there to tell a story, and I don’t mind the discomfort around the characters — to a certain extent, of course. There are times I’ve read things, and I’m like, “No.” ( Laughs. )

Alice left her family in foster care while she went off to pursue higher education, and she seems to feel a great deal of guilt over that decision. Would you say that most of her choices are inspired by that particular feeling of guilt?

Wallis:  Yes, I would. I’m so fascinated by shame in this time, in this country, in my country and how shame forces people into action. But is that action genuine and what then comes when the shame leaves you? What are you left with? Is it real change in the person, in society, in whatever it is? In her stillness, I wanted to let the audience decide if she was doing it for the real honesty of feeling shame or feeling like the shame was driving her. And there was a resentment behind it that helped lead her into that destructive path she goes down. Yeah, for me, the shame is an interesting aspect.

Robin, was it important for you to track Alice’s guilt throughout the movie so the audience understands the big choice she makes in the middle of the movie?

Pront: Definitely. That was very important. There was always this point of redemption for the character, and you don’t want to lose the connection with the character because of some decisions. That was always a fine line, and if I have to give credit to Annabelle for portraying this. She really made an effort to keep her character in line with the story and her connection with her brother (Hero Fiennes Tiffin).

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I’ve always been fond of your accent work. Do you still need a dialect coach for your American accent at this point?

Wallis: No, I do not! I am very proud of this. There’s a lot of people who don’t think I can do an American accent… If I get an offer, they’re like, “Oh, can she do an American accent?” And I’m like, “Yes, I think so.” I went to an American school in Lisbon for a few years, and I had 42 different nationalities in my year at school. So, you end up adapting your voice to help other kids who come from Africa or China to understand your English; you change your voice. So, I’m very grateful that I was using that tool for so long. America has been such a wonderful place and offered me so many jobs. I’m lucky, and I’m very grateful that you said that. That cheered me up. Thank you.

Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about the power of no. Do you remember the first time you said no to something as an actor? How did you feel both before and after?

Wallis: Yes, it’s so interesting because I think you feel so grateful to do what you do. You are told that you are the one percentile in the world that gets to live off what you do, and I am grateful for that every single day. And I would definitely say that, for me, the gratitude for being here and for being on set can sometimes get in the way of saying what I want to say. But luckily, I was brought up in a way where something wills within me. You can’t deny it. I have to speak up, and I’m very grateful for that upbringing. But I would say that, yeah, I think it’s very difficult to speak up and say no. I think the more you do it, the easier it becomes and the more normal you realize it is. We do ourselves a disservice the more we shy away from that discomfort. You don’t want to be uncomfortable, but I definitely felt empowered after. I knew it was right, and you know like we all know. Your whole body reacts to it when you’re not meant to do something — and that’s no. So yeah, it was incredibly empowering, but I wouldn’t say the easiest to get there with the gratitude you feel for just being able to do this job.

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[The next handful of questions contains spoilers for Peaky Blinders season three and five.]

It was great to see Grace “return” on season five of Peaky Blinders . She’s one of my favorite TV characters ever, and I’ll take Ghost Grace or Hallucinatory Grace over no Grace any day.

Wallis: Ah, good. Yeah, thank you.

Did you shoot all those scenes over a week, or did you have to come back for each episode?

Wallis: No, they were kind. They got me in, and they shot me in and out. I love them all. Really, it was the first part that I was like, “Oh, this is me. And this is not comfortable. This is not an easy part. This is not how women are written. But these are the parts I have to find to exist here.” There is so much of you as an actor and you want to morph into whatever you need to be, but to find something that speaks to your truth, especially a female character… Now, we’re moving into an age where there’s many, many more of those, but I just loved her, and I’m so grateful to Steven Knight. And Cillian and I are great friends. Me and Cillian, we call Peaky Blinders the gift that keeps on giving. I mean, I don’t know if the road is done just yet. We’ll have to wait and see, but yeah.

Ooh, I like the sound of that.

Wallis: Ooh… ( Laughs. )

Did you try and play her like a ghost or hallucination somehow, or did you trust that the filmmaking would create the ghostly vibe of each scene?

Wallis: I couldn’t quite figure out how they were going to make that work. But again, I’m so loyal to them that I was like, “Look, I trust you, let’s do this.” And so, yeah, I had to do it with Cillian, and we were giggling because it’s so hard to do those things. But yeah, I didn’t play her like a ghost. I guess I played her in a different tone than I would if she was alive. Of course, she’s a metaphor for where he’s going in his mind and a myriad of different things. So, I couldn’t play it in total truth. It had to be slightly off, and then they massaged around that.

While I’m still heartbroken over the events of season three, Grace’s exit made sense since the world of the Peaky Blinders gang is too dangerous for anyone to be happy for too long. That being said, was your departure also a byproduct of all the other opportunities that continue to come your way?

Wallis: Yes. If I’m honest, yes. There comes a point where you have to make choices in your career that free you from… Yes, there were other opportunities. I knew that she had done what she had to do… Cillian and I used to discuss this a lot because we would finish an episode on a Friday, and [creator] Steve Knight was still writing what we would film on Monday. The BBC greenlit two episodes for the first season, and then they saw the rushes. So, they said, “Cool, we’d love you to keep going.” That’s then how it went on. So, Steve Knight doesn’t know. He can’t give you a trajectory for what your character is, or the backstory, because he’s so in the moment. So, Cillian and I would discuss so much. I knew that Tommy’s journey — and him being the lead — wouldn’t propel dark enough. It was not going to be a romantic story. So, yeah, I knew that something was going to have to happen. And also, I communicated that I had some other things I wanted to do.

I talked to Cillian on the day that the world shut down in March, and I tried to describe the impact that he’s made along with the show. Much to my surprise, he seemed skeptical of such praise. He was rather self-deprecating despite my attempts to compliment his work. Does that sound like the guy you know?

Wallis: Oh, he’s so like that. Totally. He’s the most humble guy. He’s got that perfect career where he gets to do what he loves, and he gets to do it with impeccable form. And then, he can disappear. He can go off and live his life. He’s not bothered, he lives out in Ireland, and he has the perfect balance. But he’s not on social media, and he doesn’t interact like that. So, I think when he goes back into the world, like when he comes into London or New York and there’s a frenzy around him, I don’t think it quite marries the headspace that he’s in. He kind of does it and then walks away from it. He closes the door. But even with Grace in that short span, there was no character fatigue. So, them together have become such a force field because of what happened. I’ve spoken to Cillian about this, but I think there’s room to collaborate on something else, just because there’s this romantic idea of that and it’s so powerful. There’s power in death; she’s become this bigger thing in relation to him and their union. But yeah, he’s so humble. and he’s so good. He’s a real lesson in class in all areas, whether it’s acting class, the way he lives his life or the way he works.

In a perfect world, I’d probably be at a press screening tonight for James Wan’s Malignant . How did that experience go for you?

Wallis: Oh yes! Oh my god. I mean, I think we have something very special. I think it’s genre-bending. I think it’s so brave. It’s so original. I just haven’t read anything like it. And you know, again, I’m at a place in my life and my career where it’s time to be brave. It’s time to push. And James Wan, we worked together on Annabelle , which was the first time I ever came to America. And then, he watched The Loudest Voice , and he said he loved my work. So, he was like, “I wrote this part for you, Annabelle. Let’s collaborate.” I think I’ve found in him such a wonderful collaborator, and I know that we will continue working together for years to come. He’s kind, and he’s so good at what he does. And I think it’s really going to be something that audiences are pretty wowed by because it’s a real passion project for him. So, I’m very excited. Yeah, let’s see! That’s what good art and good cinema is. You kind of throw it out there, and then you don’t know how people are going to react. That’s the exciting thing, you know.

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Was James instrumental in your Annabelle casting from the get-go?

Wallis: Yes, he was. Yeah, so there’s a lovely cyclical feeling, as well. I think people that know you from the beginning watch you from afar, and then there’s a return, which is a really lovely feeling. It feels kind of like going home. There’s a shorthand. There’s an understanding. And I want to work with nice people, too. People that are talented and that are good people, and he’s really one of those. He’s so good. He’s so hands-on, holding cameras and moving equipment. He was even fixing my makeup. He was literally my hair girl. He fixed all my hair. So, to see someone at his level, someone who’s had huge success, and to know that in order to survive, you’ve got to go back to your roots. You’ve got to go grassroots, you’ve got to be on your set, and you’ve got to remind yourself why you love it. It’s so cool. It’s so inspiring. And there’s so many aspects of this job that are so wonderful, but you always have to be reminded why you’re doing it and keep saying, “Is it worth it? Is the time away from home worth it? Is the exposure in the world worth it? Do I want to do these long hours? Do I want to do a night shoot?” And if yes, then that’s a wonderful feeling. So, he inspired me to continually ask those questions, and I’m very grateful to him. He’s a wonderful man.

I realize I’m doing the very thing I’m making fun of, but now that you’re 3-plus years removed from The Mummy , have the Tom Cruise questions started to slow down at all?

Wallis: I don’t think they ever will. He’s Tom Cruise. He’s his own thing. He’s such a movie star, and he does his own bloody stunts! He means business, and he loves this business. He’s a cinephile. I think people are in awe of that kind of passion and love for cinema and a desire to excel, to keep growing and keep pushing boundaries. He’s on a different level, and, you know, I ticked a box. I got to run on-screen with him, but he told me no at first. He said, “Nobody runs on-screen [with me],” and I said, “But I’m a really good runner.” So, I would time my treadmill so that he’d walk in and see me run. And then he added all these running scenes. So, that was it. It was, like, better than an Oscar. I was so happy! ( Laughs. ) I was so happy that I got to run on-screen with Tom Cruise. But I don’t think it ever goes away and I hope it never does. It’s so wonderful to be excited by someone and in awe of what they’ve achieved in their lives. Yeah, good on him. And I hope the questions never stop. I love talking about him. It’s really cool.

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The questions just got pretty weird towards the end of that press tour.

Wallis: Oh, the bum, yeah. “Was it his bum?” I was like, “I’m so confused. What?” He’s so old-school. He does everything himself. It’s phenomenal. So, no, he’s as real as it gets.

Unfortunately, we have to wrap, but did you happen to see the Annabelle video   that New Line just released? 

Wallis: No, but I will watch it!

Since Annabelle has been all alone at the New Line office during quarantine, it playfully shows what she’s been up to, such as sunbathing.

Wallis: Oh my god. ( Laughs .) I love New Line. They’re a hilarious bunch. Yeah, I’m going to go look at that. That’s pretty funny. 

The Silencing is available in select theaters, on digital HD and VOD on August 14.

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Annabelle Wallis Reveals 'Mummy' Costar Tom Cruise 'Saved My Life': Inside the Hair-Raising Tale!

Annabelle Wallis tells PEOPLE that the actor actually saved her life while they were filming one of  The Mummy 's most action-packed scenes

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Tom Cruise doesn’t just play a hero in his action movies — he’s one in real life, too!

Annabelle Wallis tells PEOPLE that the actor actually saved her life while they were filming one of The Mummy ‘s most action-packed scenes. Early in the film — which hits theaters Friday — the two are thrust into zero gravity when a plane they’re riding plunges to the earth. And Wallis says Cruise wanted to make it as realistic as possible.

“It was just a crazy couple of days. There was an airplane crash sequence in the script and they were like, ‘You know, we’re going to build a set and do this and do that using CGI.’ Tom said, ‘No, we’re going to do it for real,’ ” Wallis recalls, adding that they shot aboard one of four planes in the world that produce zero-G, which renders its occupants weightless.

“You can’t prepare for it and it’s quite unnerving because Tom had never done anything like that before, the stunt team had never done it,” she adds, “so it was amazing to go into an action sequence with the biggest action star in the world and for him to do it for the first time with me.”

But it wasn’t as easy as it looked. The actress says even though the set was built “out of sponge,” the gravity lurches would still whip them around as the plane went up or down to create the illusion of zero gravity — before the gravity would return with “double the strength.”

When it came time for a scene in which Wallis has to put a parachute on, it all almost went horribly wrong.

“I had to put a parachute pack on me and the pack got stuck. There was a thing wrapped tight around my neck and I was like, ‘Oh my God! I’m stuck and the gravity is going to return and it’s going to choke me,’ ” Wallis says. “It was this amazing Tom moment where I looked and I couldn’t get myself un-hooked and said ‘Tom! I’m stuck, I’m stuck!’ “

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Wallis continues, “The plane was coming out of weightlessness about to hit gravity and I heard the countdown ‘5, 4, 3 …’ At three I said, ‘I’m stuck!’ and Tom was like, ‘Annabelle, don’t worry I got you,’ and he ran and freed me and we returned to earth and he’d saved my life. So I feel very indebted to him. It was literally around my neck choking me, then with two or three seconds left, there he was — the hero.”

The Mummy — also starring Russell Crowe , Sofia Boutella, Jake Johnson and Courtney B. Vance — is out Friday.

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The Mummy: Annabelle Wallis Had To Beat Tom Cruise At One Thing To Get More Scenes

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Fans of Tom Cruise's big-screen work know going into each film that the actor will certainly be doing some stunt work where he risks life and limb. Proof of that comes with every one of his "Mission: Impossible" movies, including the latest chapter, where Cruise rode a motorcycle off a cliff several times for "Dead Reckoning Part One" to get the best mid-air scene possible.

His terrifying stunt work aside, one of the other things that happens in every Cruise movie is a scene featuring the iconic action star running in full stride, and in most cases, he's running solo.

That all changed when Annabelle Wallis — Cruise's co-star in the 2017 action-slash-monster movie mash "The Mummy" — aimed to mix things up and challenged the actor to let her run alongside him in one scene. Speaking with the Evening Standard in 2017, Wallis said Cruise initially wasn't warm to her idea, but she kept on pursuing it.

"I was adamant that I was going to run on screen with him because he's so particular about his running," Wallis told the publication. "He was like 'Annabelle, nobody runs on-screen with me,' and I said, 'Tom, I'm a really good runner.'"

Wallis' running scene with Cruise in The Mummy began with an on-set challenge

To prove to Tom Cruise that she was serious about her goal of running in a scene with him, Annabelle Wallis proposed a challenge on the "Mummy" set.

"I was so cheeky with him that I said, 'Come on, I'll run through the studio with you and beat you,' and, oh my God, I did," Wallis told the Evening Standard. "But then he has this turbo button and as he sees you creeping up, he does not like it and he powers on through."

The challenge impressed Cruise enough that he added scenes where he and Wallis sprint together, the actor told the Evening Standard. In the film, Cruise's and Wallis' characters, Nick Morton and Jenny Halsey,  run side-by-side in a chaotic sequence that unfolds in the Natural History Museum in London before the two take to the city's streets.

"He added all those running bits because when he saw me, he said, 'Wow, you run really well,'" Wallis recalled for the Evening Standard. "I wanted to do the same, and I was like, 'I can do the same, and I want to show Tom Cruise that I can do the same.'"

Wallis told the publication she wanted to participate in an action movie because she "grew up a tomboy" and did things like riding motorcycles and playing paintball.

"I'm very physical naturally, and I knew I wanted to get into the action space because I naturally feel comfortable there," Wallis told the Evening Standard. "When I was on set, I realized that you just can, you take yourself to the next level."

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Is Annabelle Wallis Hollywood's Next Golden Girl?

She's starring in a summer blockbuster with Tom Cruise, dating a rock star—and savoring her last moments of flying under the radar.

It was after hours at the British Museum, on a private tour of the institution’s world class collection of Egyptian antiquities, when Annabelle Wallis got closer to history than she had ever planned. Wallis, who stars in the upcoming movie The Mummy , a contemporary remake of the horror classic, was walking the museum’s hallowed halls for historical inspiration alongside her co-star Tom Cruise and the film’s director when things took an unexpected turn. “I was explaining to them all about Egyptians,” Wallis recalls, “and then I walked directly into a pane of glass.”

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For the director, Alex Kurtzman, the moment sums up what he finds so enthralling about Wallis, the 32-year-old actress to whom he has entrusted a leading role, as the adventurous archaeologist Jenny Halsey, in what promises to be one of the summer’s biggest blockbusters. “Tom and I looked at each other and said, ‘We’ve got to get that on film,’” Kurtzman says. “There’s this lovely, discombobulated quality that Annabelle has. It’s unusual to find someone who has both her quirkiness and also such grace.”

According to Cruise, that night at the museum was just another reminder of Wallis’s undeniable magnetism. “Annabelle has a unique charm and charisma that Alex and I really wanted to have present in the film,” he says. “She also has this wonderful, unexpected comedic quality that is reminiscent of Carole Lombard. She really holds the screen.”

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Cruise isn’t the only one who thinks so. In fact, these days Wallis seems to be just about everywhere. In April the British-born actress—whose big break came a few years back in an impressive performance as a bartender turned secret agent on the BBC hit Peaky Blinders —appeared opposite Armie Hammer in the war drama Mine , and in May she’ll join the ensemble of King Arthur: Legend of the Sword , director Guy Ritchie’s slick, stylish retelling of the tale of Camelot.

I was never an ingenue. I was never the girl who knew nothing of the world.

Wallis is undeniably having a moment. In addition to the movies, she’s got a spot on the international fashion circuit—she sat front row at Giorgio Armani Privé’s Paris Fashion Week show and at Ralph Lauren last winter in New York, and she stunned at Chanel’s dinner the night before February’s BAFTA Awards—as well as a rock star boyfriend in Coldplay frontman Chris Martin. Yet she’s in no hurry to identify herself as Hollywood’s latest wide-eyed newcomer.

“I was never an ingenue,” Wallis says. “I’ve traveled the globe, I’ve backpacked through South America, I’ve done conservation work in Africa. I was never the girl who knew nothing of the world.”

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It’s an old-souled wisdom that comes by design. Wallis was born in England but relocated as a child to Portugal, where her parents were looking to establish a less rigid life. “We left England because I was expected to go to boarding school and have the same upbringing that my parents had, but my mother wanted something different for her children,” Wallis says. “She wanted us to be who we would be. Of course, we went to great schools and all that, but she was adamant that we nurtured who we were.”

For Wallis that meant embracing her desire to perform. Even as a teenage tomboy (“I grew up playing paintball and riding motorcycles and horses,” she says, “so I really know how to rough and tumble”) she knew acting was her calling, even if she was hesitant to tell anyone else.

“The most genius thing I did was when I decided I wanted to make a career out of acting, I stayed very quiet about it,” Wallis says. “I was still in the school plays, and I did ads and short films, but I remember thinking to myself, This is the love of your life, and if someone deters you it’ll break your heart. So, I kept it to myself until I knew it would really be possible, because I didn’t want anyone to tell me I couldn’t.”

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Wallis moved to London and paid her dues in TV roles and small movies, but says she never doubted her trajectory. “I always felt like things would fall in my path. I’m not a desperate person, I’m not strategic, so I figured it meant that I should continue along that path,” she says. “And then I got Peaky Blinders , and that was a caliber of work I hadn’t been able to do previously. It takes a while to prove your place and be in the company of greats, and this was the first time I was seen as good enough even to audition for these amazing people.”

Her work on the hit show won raves; the Independent lauded her “twinkling, insouciant elegance.” She spent three seasons playing the on-again, off-again love interest and then wife of Cillian Murphy’s charming gang boss.

Annabelle has a unique charm and charisma. She really holds the screen. —Tom Cruise

When it came time to take on her next challenge, Wallis avoided roles that called for just another pretty face. “I like the idea that I come into a room and you think you’re dealing with one thing, but the truth is I’m very layered,” she says. “I’m this blond, blue-eyed woman who you can be fooled into thinking is quite safe but is actually rather dangerous.”

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After working with Wallis on The Mummy , Cruise agrees that an edge is part of what makes her so impressive. “She enjoys life,” he says, “and it translates to the screen.”

And if that’s not what anyone’s anticipating from her, well, all the better. “I get a kick out of turning the tables on people; I do love a surprise,” Wallis says. In fact, surprises seem to be her specialty. Take, for example, right now, when one might expect any up-and-comer in her position to hold on to her rising star with a death grip until it lands her that next marquee project. Wallis isn’t interested. Instead she’s loafing on the beach in Malibu, indulging in amateur photography (portraiture, mostly, and a few landscapes) and planning a quick jaunt to Thailand—anything that helps to expand her view of the world.

“I feel like the more experience you have, the more believable you are as a character,” she says. “I need to put myself out in the world and be brave and be uncomfortable. When I do, it means I can enjoy life so much more.”

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This story originally appeared in the May 2017 issue of Town & Country.

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Framed as more of a superhero origin movie than ancient curse mystery, a messy plot unravels fast

B e afraid, for here it is … again … emerging waxily from the darkness. This disturbing figure must surely be thousands of years old by now, a princeling worshipped as a god but entombed in his own riches and status; remarkably well preserved. It is Tom Cruise, who is back to launch a big summer reboot of The Mummy, that classic chiller about the revived corpse from ancient Egypt, from which the tomb door was last prised off in a trilogy of films between 1999 and 2008 with the lantern-jawed and rather forgotten Brendan Fraser in the lead. And before that, of course, there were classic versions with Boris Karloff and Christopher Lee both variously getting the all-over St John Ambulance treatment.

Traditionally, The Mummy is a scary movie (though unserious) about taboo and transgression, based on the made-up pop myth about the mummy’s “curse” – which has no basis in the history of ancient Egypt, but is a cheeky colonialist invention, which recasts local objection to our tomb-looting as something supernatural, malign and irrational.

Yet that is not what this Mummy is about. It brings in the usual element of sub-Spielberg gung-ho capers, but essentially sees The Mummy as a superhero origin movie; or possibly supervillain; or Batmanishly both. The supporting characters are clearly there to be brought back as superhero-repertory characters for any putative Mummy franchise, including one who may well be inspired by Two-Face from The Dark Knight.

This has some nice moments but is basically a mess, with various borrowings, including some mummified bits from An American Werewolf in London. The plot sags like an aeon-old decaying limb: a jumble of ideas and scenes from what look like different screenplay drafts. There are two separate ancient “tomb-sites” which have to be busted open: one in London and one in Iraq. (The London one, on the site of the Crossrail excavation, contains the remains of medieval knights identified as “crusaders” who have in their dead Brit mitts various strategically important jewels they have taken from Egyptians: who were subsequently buried in what is now Iraq. Erm, Egyptians in Iraq? Go figure. Perhaps it’s because they are evil and had to be taken out of the country, like CIA rendition of terror suspects.)

The Cruisemeister himself is left high and dry by plot lurches that trigger his boggle-eyed, WTF expression. In one scene, he is nude so we can see what undeniably great shape he’s in. The flabby, shapeless film itself doesn’t have his muscle-tone.

Midair acrobatics … Tom Cruise and Annabelle Wallis in The Mummy.

Cruise plays Nick Morton, an adorable rascal in the Iraqi warzone who goes around in a TE Lawrence headdress stealing antiquities to sell; well, it’s that or let them be destroyed. He’s helped by his exasperated buddy Chris (Jake Johnson), while Nick has already seduced beautiful expert Jenny Halsey (Annabelle Wallis) who in spite of herself is entranced by Nick’s distinctive cherubic handsomeness. Then they blunder across the extraordinary tomb of evil Egyptian sorceress Ahmanet (Sofia Boutella) who has some kind of weirdo mind-meld experience with Nick. Her creepy spirit accompanies him back home where she is intent on getting that precious jewel to unlock her full power. Nick’s plane crashes, giving him the opportunity for some Mission: Impossible-type midair acrobatics, those gorgeous chops pulling some serious Gs.

Russell Crowe lumbers on at one stage, amply filling a three-piece suit, playing an archaeological expert and connoisseur of secret burial sites, who has some sinister connection with government agencies. Unlike Nick, he has no Indiana Jones-type heroism, and that formal attire of his signals that he does not have Nick’s kind of heroic looseness. He is a figure to be mistrusted, although when he reveals his name and his destiny, he is just a distraction – and silly.

In the end, having encouraged us to cheer for Tom Cruise as an all-around hero , the film tries to have it both ways and confer upon him some of the sepulchral glamour of evil, and he almost has something Lestat -ish or vampiric about him. Yet the film really won’t make up its mind. It’s a ragbag of action scenes which needed to be bandaged more tightly.

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Tom Cruise Is As Intense About Running As You’d Expect, Confirms His ‘The Mummy’ Co-Star, Annabelle Wallis

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Tom Cruise appears to have made it is mission to run in as many flicks as possible, including the Mission: Impossible franchise as seen above. Each Cruise sprint may be different from the last, although they all carry the same ferocity, and if you were wondering whether he’s got a rule about his running, you’d be correct. This story ends up being more flattering to Cruise than what Thandie Newton had to say about M:I 2 , but yeah, Tom still comes off as totally intense. No surprise there.

Annabelle Wallis, who starred alongside Cruise in 2017’s The Mummy , spoke with Hollywood Reporter about her new movie, The Silencing (co-starring Nikolaj Coster-Waldau). In the process, Wallis (of course) discussed how often she’s asked about The Mummy , and she revealed how exactly she got Cruise to break his on-screen running rule — he prefers to go it alone — and allow her to sprint alongside him. This sounds like a lot of work, but her mission went as planned :

“I got to run on-screen with him, but he told me no at first. He said, ‘Nobody runs on-screen [with me],’ and I said, ‘But I’m a really good runner. So, I would time my treadmill so that he’d walk in and see me run. And then he added all these running scenes. So, that was it. It was, like, better than an Oscar. I was so happy! I was so happy that I got to run on-screen with Tom Cruise.”

And Wallis did a fine job at the task. Look at her go.

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Tom Cruise, Annabelle Wallis, Sofia Boutella, Jake Johnson, and Courtney B. Vance share some fun behind-the-scenes stories at our IMAX event.

Over the past 2 years, thanks to our amazing partners at IMAX, we’ve been able to offer our readers access to some very cool screenings with in-depth conversations after the show. And while the screening series has featured some fantastic guests from both old and new movies, last week in New York City we took it to another level thanks to Universal Pictures. Before our IMAX 3D screening of The Mummy , we had a 30-minute conversation with director Alex Kurtzman , Tom Cruise , Annabelle Wallis , Jake Johnson , Courtney B. Vance and Sofia Boutella about everything from Snapchat videos to stunts.

As you’ll be able to tell when you watch the Q&A, the cast clearly had a great time making the movie and they all shared some fun behind-the-scenes stories. In addition to talking about making The Mummy and why they wanted to be part of Universal’s Dark Universe, as the Q&A continues you’ll hear them talk about why they all wanted to be part of the entertainment industry in the first place and the way they like to work on set. It’s a really fun conversation that I’m confident you’ll enjoy watching.

Finally, I have to say thank you again to our partners at IMAX and Universal Pictures for making this screening happen and to all of our readers for making events like this possible. If you have yet to see The Mummy trailer check it out below. Further down the page is the official synopsis.

Tom Cruise headlines a spectacular, all-new cinematic version of the legend that has fascinated cultures all over the world since the dawn of civilization: The Mummy. Thought safely entombed in a tomb deep beneath the unforgiving desert, an ancient princess (Sofia Boutella of Kingsman: The Secret Service and Star Trek Beyond) whose destiny was unjustly taken from her is awakened in our current day, bringing with her malevolence grown over millennia and terrors that defy human comprehension. From the sweeping sands of the Middle East through hidden labyrinths under modern-day London, The Mummy brings a surprising intensity and balance of wonder and thrills in an imaginative new take that ushers in a new world of gods and monsters. Cruise is joined by a cast including Annabelle Wallis (upcoming King Arthur, television’s Peaky Blinders), Jake Johnson (Jurassic World), Courtney B. Vance (TV’s American Crime Story: The People V. O.J. Simpson) and Oscar® winner Russell Crowe (Gladiator). The creative team on this action-adventure event is led by director/producer Alex Kurtzman and producer Chris Morgan, who have been instrumental in growing some of the most successful franchises of the past several years—with Kurtzman writing or producing entries in the Transformers, Star Trek and Mission: Impossible series, and Morgan being the narrative engineer of the Fast & Furious saga as it has experienced explosive growth from its third chapter on. Sean Daniel, who produced the most recent Mummy trilogy, produces alongside Kurtzman and Morgan. www.themummy.com

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The Mummy Reboot Set Photos Have Tom Cruise Running for His Life

Tom Cruise and Annabelle Wallis spring into action in new photos from the set of Universal's The Mummy reboot, in theaters next summer.

Last week, fans got their first look at The Mummy star Sofia Boutella with set photos as production continues. Filming has been under way since late April, when we got our first look at Tom Cruise and his co-star Annabelle Wallis . As production continues, we have even more photos of Tom Cruise and Annabelle Wallis who are seen springing into action.

The photos surfaced on various Twitter pages, featuring Tom Cruise and Annabelle Wallis going on the run from unseen enemies. There is very little we know about the scene itself, except both actors are seen running from someone, or something. It's certainly possible that both stars were running from Sofia Boutella 's title character, but we don't know for certain.

Thought safely entombed in a crypt deep beneath the unforgiving desert, an ancient queen (Sofia Boutella}) whose destiny was unjustly taken from her, is awakened in our current day, bringing with her malevolence grown over millennia and terrors that defy human comprehension. From the sweeping sands of the Middle East through hidden labyrinths under modern-day London, The Mummy brings a surprising intensity and balance of wonder and thrills in an imaginative new take that ushers in a new world of gods and monsters.

Tom Cruise is reportedly playing a special forces soldier who teams with an archaeologist ( Annabelle Wallis ), although those character details have yet to be confirmed. Sofia Boutella, who had a breakthrough role in last year's Kingsman: The Secret Service , is playing the Mummy. The supporting cast includes Jurassic World and New Girl star Jake Johnson signed on for a role in March, which was specifically written for him. The actor will play a member of the military with ties to Tom Cruise 's unnamed character. There have been rumors that Russell Crowe 's character could have his own spinoff. There have previously been reports that the movie centers on Navy SEALS in Iraq, but that was never confirmed.

Alex Kurtzman is directing the Mummy Reboot , working from a script by Jon Spaihts , with Chris Morgan and Sean Daniel producing this action-adventure thriller. This movie follows 2014's Dracula Untold , which ended with a prologue that brought its vampire into present day as part of this sprawling cinematic universe. The studio is also developing The Invisible Man , which will star Johnny Depp , along with Van Helsing , The Bride of Frankenstein and The Wolfman . stay tuned for more updates on Universal Pictures Mummy Reboot as production continues in the U.K. Until then, check out these new set photos below.

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Tom Cruise and Annabelle Wallis Photos from The Mummy Set

Following our first look at Sofia Boutella as the mummy, we’ve got new Tom Cruise and Annabelle Wallis photos from the last day of filming of The Mummy  in London. The June 9, 2017 release is officially described as follows:

Thought safely entombed in a crypt deep beneath the unforgiving desert, an ancient queen (Sofia Boutella of Kingsman: The Secret Service and Star Trek Beyond) whose destiny was unjustly taken from her, is awakened in our current day, bringing with her malevolence grown over millennia and terrors that defy human comprehension.

From the sweeping sands of the Middle East through hidden labyrinths under modern-day London, The Mummy brings a surprising intensity and balance of wonder and thrills in an imaginative new take that ushers in a new world of gods and monsters.

Tom Cruise stars along with Annabelle Wallis ( Knights of the Roundtable: King Arthur,  Annabelle ), Sofia Boutella ( Kingsman: The Secret Service , Star Trek Beyond ), Jake Johnson ( Jurassic World ) and Courtney B. Vance (“American Crime Story: The People vs. OJ Simpson”). Russell Crowe ( Gladiator , A Beautiful Mind , Man of Steel ) is reportedly in talks to join the cast as Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde.

The Mummy  is directed by Alex Kurtzman, who also produces alongside Chris Morgan ( Fast & Furious  series,  Wanted ) and Sean Daniel ( The Mummy  trilogy,  The Best Man  series). Jon Spaihts ( Prometheus ) wrote the screenplay, and Bobby Cohen executive produces. It’s being planned as the first film in the Universal Monster cinematic universe with plans for  The Wolfman,   The Invisible Man ,  Bride of Frankenstein , and  Van Helsing  all in various stages of development.

The original monster was made famous on the big screen by Boris Karloff in Karl Freund’s 1932 feature. Subsequent sequels to the original  The Mummy  saw Tom Tyler (who played Captain Marvel/Shazam in the original 1941 serials) and later Lon Chaney Jr. playing a different mummy than the one Karloff played. Stephen Sommers’ more recent  The Mummy  and   The Mummy Returns  films   set Arnold Vosloo in the title role. Jet Li then played the villain in Rob Cohen’s  The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor .

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Annabelle Wallis ( Peaky Blinders, Annabelle ) is in talks to join Universal Pictures ‘ monster franchise pic The Mummy toplined by Tom Cruise . Sofia Boutella ( Kingsman: The Secret Service ) is also aboard the movie being directed by Alex Kurtzman based on Jon Spaihts’ screenplay. The studio confirmed the talks, which were first reported by Variety .

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Tom Cruise is a hero on-screen and in reality, as he prevented a woman from being robbed, and has even saved lives.

Although he downplays his heroism, wanting no attention for it, Tom Cruise saved a woman from getting robbed, and possibly saved her life in the process. And that isn't the only time the star has been a hero in real life. Many celebrities portray heroic figures who give their all to save the day and want zero thanks in return. But how would some of these stars handle being confronted with real-life situations?

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Some celebrities have had to endure rough situations in life, such as stalkers , addiction, etc. How did star Tom Cruise handle a robbery he heard occurring? The A-list action hero is well-known for saving the day in his many successful films, but what did he do in reality when he had the chance? It turns out Tom Cruise is a real-life hero too, as he stopped a robbery that was in progress and has saved lives.

Tom Cruise Once Stopped A Robbery

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Tom Cruise is a legendary action star, known for hits including the Mission: Impossible franchise, Collateral , Days of Thunder and the Top Gun films. The adventurous celebrity is known for performing his own thrilling stunts . Cruise is also intense and focused when he's working, taking his projects seriously.

Not only has the action legend depicted the good guy on-screen, but he's actually saved at least one person from a robbery. When Cruise heard trouble, he came running. According to FandomWire, he kept his secret vigilante side hidden after chasing down muggers who tried to rob $153,000 worth of jewelry from his neighbor.

Rita Simmonds, who was being mugged, described the Risky Business actor in action. "Tom was brilliant. He rushed down the road with his bodyguards and chased the attackers away."

"Simmonds was the victim of the robbery and was even threatened to be killed by the two men."

"As she cried for help, the person who incidentally heard her was Tom Cruise. He rushed out of his apartment with his bodyguards right behind him. They managed to chase the robbers away, saving the woman's life and from her precious belongings being taken away."

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However, Cruise prefers not to talk about what happened. He apparently doesn't want any recognition for helping out a person in need, nor does he like to talk about it. "He does not want to talk about this. He does like to help people but he likes to keep it quiet."

The Tropic Thunder actor has helped even more people in tough situations, but doesn't discuss his good deeds with others.

Tom Cruise Has Been A Real-Life Hero On Other Occasions

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Surprisingly, A-lister Tom Cruise might be the right person to help if an accident happens or something suddenly goes wrong. Although Cruise doesn't speak out about helping people, the star has actually saved lives more than once .

According to Showbiz Cheat Sheet, world-famous star and action icon Tom Cruise is a hero in real life, and in one example saved people from a sinking boat.

When Cruise and then-wife Nicole Kidman "spotted a sailboat that had caught on fire due to an electrical short circuit, Cruise sent a skiff from his yacht to go rescue the five passengers on the sinking boat."

Cruise's publicist commented that he "did what any decent person would do. If I ever get in trouble, I hope Tome Cruise is nearby."

He also "rescued a pair of young fans who were being pinned against a steel bar by a mob of people," while he was signing autographs with Kidman. One of them told People Magazine, "He is my hero. Every night I say good-night to him when I pass his poster in my room."

A daredevil and a hard-worker, Cruise carries out his own stunts . And when something went wrong while filming a stunt for The Mummy with one of his co-stars, Cruise was quick to jump in and help.

Cruise Also Saved Co-Star Annabelle Wallis While Filming 'The Mummy'

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Tom Cruise is legendary for continuing to do his own dangerous stunts , and upping the stakes whenever he can. While shooting The Mummy , Annabelle Wallis talked about performing one of the major stunts of the film with Cruise. It almost cost the star her life, but Cruise's reflexes kicked in, and he jumped in to help his co-star.

According to Yahoo!, Cruise has proved himself to be a real-life action hero , saving others who have been in tight spots. According to Wallis, Cruise saved her life "when she encountered trouble during filming of an anti-gravity scene in an airplane."

The Peaky Blinders actor became stuck when the plane "descended from weightlessness." Wallis said, "I had to put a parachute pack on me and the pack got stuck. There was a thing wrapped tight around my neck and I was like, 'Oh, my God! I'm stuck and the gravity is going to return and it's going to choke me.'"

Continuing, Wallis recalled, "It was this totally amazing Tom moment where I looked and I couldn't get myself unhooked and said, 'Tom! I'm stuck, I'm stuck!'"

She then described how Cruise maintained his cool in the situation. "The plane was coming out of weightlessness, about to hit gravity, and I heard the countdown '5, 4, 3 ...' At three I said, 'I'm stuck!' and Tom was like, 'Annabelle, don't worry I got you, and he ran and freed me and we returned to earth and he'd saved my life."

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Wallis added, "So I feel very indebted to him. It was literally around my neck choking me, then with two or three seconds lefts, there he was - the hero."

Tom Cruise has been involved in a few controversies , and more than a few people have wildly different opinions about the actor. However, the star's willingness to step up, instead of step back, when seeing or hearing others in need of help shows he's someone who cares about the well-being of others, whether co-stars or strangers.

The Weird Reason Tom Cruise Gave For Not Kissing His Co-Star In The Mummy

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During a film like The Mummy , there usually comes a time when the two main characters find themselves in a quiet moment of contemplation. They realize their perilous experiences together have brought them into love's path, and they passionately embrace and kiss. Well, that's not what happened between Tom Cruise and co-star Annabelle Wallis in director Alex Kurtzman 's initial foray into Universal's Dark Universe , and for very specific reasons. Wallis explains that Cruise just really wasn't feeling like making out with his co-star on that day of filming. Wallis explained the awkward experience on an episode of Conan recently, noting:

It was a very sad day for Annabelle. Again, there was another amorous moment, a little kissing scene. And I got to set and was like, 'This is an amazing moment.' I would tell all my friends, my children, about this kissing scene with Tom Cruise. And I arrive on set and am like c'mon Tom, it's about to be the best day of your life. And then he goes, 'Yeah about that. Alex, can we have a chat? I'm not feeling that. I'm not feeling the kissing scene.' And he talked himself out of kissing me in front of 900 people. Can you imagine what I felt like? Not good.

No matter how you felt about The Mummy , you kind of have to feel sorry for Wallis in this scenario, as she was building up to what she thought would be a big moment in the film, only to have her hopes dashed by a strange and untimely script conference between Tom Cruise and Alex Kurtzman. This instance only confirms the reports of Cruise having a pretty effective hold on the creative controls involved with this project, as it seems probable that Tom would be the only person to have the desire and/or power to do such a thing. But when you really think about it, Cruise's decision really may have helped the movie out.

The fact that this kissing scene between Annabelle Wallis and Tom Cruise actually may have helped the film's plot move forward, as the supposed romance between Wallis' Jenny and Cruise's Nick actually doesn't feel like it would have changed the film all that much. As the film currently stands, the connection between the two characters isn't terribly drenched in romantic meaning, with the action taking more of a front seat. So cutting the kiss Wallis mentioned on Conan corrects the previously predictable course that The Mummy was headed for, and instead leaves the potential relationship between the two characters unfulfilled. Although the moment on set was clearly not great for Wallis, from my view, Tom's eye on the story seems pretty keen.

Still, all of the script notes in the world don't make up for the fact that Annabelle Wallis was looking forward to a make out scene with one of the last verifiable old school movie stars this business has to offer. And considering the fact that it's Tom Cruise breaking the promise, we can't help but feel sorry for her as well. Should Wallis have more control over her next film role, perhaps she'll be able to negotiate a clause that sees all kissing scenes go through her and not her co-star.

The Mummy is in theaters now. To find out what else is coming soon, take a look at our summer premiere schedule .

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In one scene in the upcoming reboot of action-horror movie The Mummy, Tom Cruise and his co-star Annabelle Wallis are in a plane diving towards earth.

This is Cruise, so of course the scene is real - as in, he and Wallis got into a plane, and had that plane dive for 22 seconds as the actors were in zero gravity.

And they did this 64 times.

"I like to challenge myself," the 54-year-old Hollywood star told media in Taiwan yesterday, ahead of the movie's release in Singapore on June 8.

His presence in the new Mummy movie makes it less of a charming romp through the desert and more Mission: Impossible-meets-zombies.

Cruise plays soldier of fortune Nick, whose adventures near present-day Mosul, Iraq, lead him to the tomb of princess Ahmanet, played by Algeria-born actress Sofia Boutella. Brought back to life as a mummy, Ahmanet wreaks havoc on London, while Nick and Egyptologist Jenny (Wallis) chase her.

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Cruise is known for doing his own stunts, so it is no surprise the plane sequence was his idea.

"I thought it was going to be CGI, but then Tom says 'No, we're doing it for real!'" said director Alex Kurtzman.

Planes used for this stunt are nicknamed "vomit comets", because of how the body reacts once it gets out of zero gravity.

"We didn't (vomit), but that's only because I was trying to keep up with Tom," said Wallis, who is 32.

Cruise admitted that he "expects a lot" from everyone.

"I put a lot of pressure on myself because I think of the audience," he said. "I want everyone on set to take ownership of what they're doing in the movie, even the catering guy."

Cruise just confirmed the Top Gun sequel, and also told media that he is shooting the sixth Mission: Impossible film.

It will have "pretty extreme" stunts he has been "thinking about for 10 years and preparing intensely for almost two".

Said Cruise: "I'm always pushing myself, so I'm always looking for different ways to entertain."

If it sounds like working with Cruise is hazardous, his Mummy co-stars said he is the most prepared and most responsible person on set.

Boutella, 32, said Cruise would be around, even when he wasn't filming with her, to check the safety of the harnesses and whether pillars were padded so she would not get hurt. Wallis recounted a moment when a strap was around her neck and about to choke her.

"I shouted to Tom and then I heard him going, 'Don't worry Annabelle, I got you!'" she said as she re-enacted his heroics.

"I think for Tom it's quite stressful because when he's around and anything happens, you expect him to come (and rescue you)."

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'The Mummy' Star Annabelle Wallis On (Accidentally) Kicking Tom Cruise In The Face

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Annabelle Wallis didn't just audition for her part in The Mummy — she demanded it. She walked into the room, approached one of the biggest movie stars on the planet, and said, in her own words, "Hi, Tom. Nice to meet you. Love your career. I'm right for this part."

And she wasn't going to take no for an answer. After all, anything Tom Cruise could do, she could do too. It's that level of confidence that made her the perfect onscreen counterpart to Cruise's jaunty playboy Nick Morton. "I seem to do projects that are me and a bunch of guys — alpha males — and they needed someone who could stand their ground," Wallis remarked.

MTV News chatted with Wallis about working with Cruise, filming in zero gravity , how she influenced her character's "cheeky" personality, and not wanting to be known as the actress who threw up on Tom Cruise.

MTV News: You have a great back-and-forth dynamic with Tom Cruise in this movie. Was that on the page, or was it your natural rapport?

Annabelle Wallis: Our natural rapport inspired the humorous elements. Tom and I naturally got on like that, and we created that kind of dynamic, and then they wrote it into the script. In a lot of the classic adventure films, like Romancing the Stone and even Raiders of the Lost Ark , there's a bit of a tongue-in-cheek to it all. We wanted to make sure you still were watching a big adventure film that paid homage to the greats.

Was there one turn of phrase, or something specifically that they wrote into the script?

Wallis: All of it! You know where I'm in the ambulance, and I'm kicking at him, and he was like, "That's my face!" — that's because I was literally kicking him in the face all the time by mistake. There were just so many. Whenever I was slightly annoyed with Tom, I'd go "To- om ." And they'd always want me to go, "Ni- ick !"

How much did your character, Jenny, change from the original script? This script in particular sounds like it changed quite a bit.

Wallis: It was clear that they wanted someone who could stand up to Nick, that character, and they wanted this well-rounded female. I also love playing females that are put into these pressure-cooker situations, but they're real. I didn't want her to be this kind of Lara Croft superwoman, because she's a real woman. She's intelligent, she's dynamic — she's kind of cheeky, she's funny, she's sexual. She's a rogue in her own life, and I really like that element of making her like the women that I know and not trying to play this hero.

For any actor working opposite Tom Cruise it's really a rite of passage to get to do all the stunts. But in reading about you, it sounds like you were really game from the start.

Wallis: I'm a tomboy. I ride motorcycles, I play polo. I was on a paintball team when I was younger. Endlessly.

And paintball is painful.

Wallis: It is painful! So I knew a wanted to segue at some point, if I was lucky, into action. Then it was with Tom Cruise, my first foray — I was like, "Oh, shit. I've got a lot to live up to here." And I was game. I was like, "You know what? Whatever he can do, I can do. I'm gonna just go full-throttle." So a lot of the sequences that were in the film were added on. The zero-g was added, the running scene, the underwater sequences. All added, because once they saw that I was physically capable and strong with Tom in that space, they were like — to my detriment — adding away.

Obviously there’s a lot to be said about that zero-g sequence, but the most incredible thing about it is that there were 64 takes . In my mind, I'm like, why the hell would you need 64 takes?

Wallis: You only have 30 seconds of weightlessness. Your plane goes to 20,000 feet, they pull the nose up, you go straight up to 40,000, and you launch forward to get back down. You basically do that, like, 64 times. The feeling of gravity on your body and then off your body is so traumatic. But incredible. We were just like, "Let's do this, let's have an adventure — let's make something beautiful onscreen." No wires. Let's not cheat the audience.

But what does happen is you get sick. Tom and I were not sick, but the crew was very sick. It affects everybody, if you get motion sickness. So we were doing the tumbling, and we would catch glimpses of our crew being like [ vomit noises ].

Lucky for you.

Wallis: You just go in not knowing if your body can handle it or not. They were like, "You might get really bad motion sickness and have the worst time ever, or you'll be fine." I just didn't want to be the actress that vomited on Tom Cruise. The vanity got me through.

I think the underwater sequence would have freaked me out more.

Wallis: It wasn't fun. That was hard because you're dealing with an element that you can't control. For me, I was on a wire being pulled down, and there was a team of scuba divers at the bottom that would just bring me air. But to trust other people to keep you safe, it's very difficult ... But when Tom Cruise is there, you just expect that he'll save you. I was like, "Tom. You're Tom Cruise. It's your job to save the day. And the day is me. You need to save it. If I panic, I expect you to be down there."

He can hold his breath for six minutes, so, I think he can do it.

Wallis: He did. And he's amazing. You can't help but feel safe around him.

How long could you hold your breath?

Wallis: Oh god, I don't even know. I kept going, "I don't want to hold my breath! No!" I'm so confident in the water, so I was swimming around, and they were like, "Let's make the sequence even harder." From that point on I was like, "I am not going to show you how long I can hold my breath because I will not be testing myself like that. I want to live, thank you."

The Mummy is kicking off Universal's Dark Universe, and we learn that your character plays an interesting part in all of this. Have there been talks to do more?

Wallis: It's left very open with that. She’s this person that, you wonder why she works for them, where does she come from, who is she, what has become of her on this journey that they've gone through? I'd like to think that the people have to be the judge. If they want her back, I'd like to think that she will come back. Wait and see.

Is that appealing to you as an actor? To be part of a franchise?

Wallis: If it's something like this, that's steeped in real passion and drive and the desire to make something great, then yes. I think all of us — everybody involved — just wanted it to be different, and to be honored the right way, and for it not to be lazy. Yes, of course. And it's always nice to know that there might be something coming on. Actors, we never have secure anything . It's a nice feeling, that you’re part of something that could potentially...

Job security is nice.

Wallis: Yes, job security is a nice feeling! We don't often feel it.

I also feel like the state we're in in Hollywood is like, you really have two lanes. You have these blockbuster franchises, and these smaller $10 million films.

Wallis: That's where we’re at. All I ever hoped for was freedom of choice and to not have to just do work because I needed to pay the bills. If you can, weave your way into a studio in a situation where it's supportive of the other work you wanna do. Also, there is caliber and weight in studio films, and I think the ideal is to get that balance right: Do a studio film, go away and do something that is smaller. I'm producing at the moment — not even things that I want to be a part of. If I'm able to work and make some money, then I'm going to use it to fulfill other passions.

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Every cinematic shared universe begins with a single film, and for the prospective Universal Monsters franchise, that's  The Mummy . (Well, at one point it was  Dracula Untold , but Universal seems perfectly happy to forget that one ever existed, and to let everyone else forget it too.) Which is why it's so important for the studio to get it right. So far, things look reasonably promising.

They hired  Alex Kurtzman  to direct, and convinced  Tom Cruise  to lend his A-list star wattage as the leading man. They got  Sofia Boutella to play the Mummy herself, adding an interesting gender-swapped wrinkle to the project. And now they're starting to fill up some of the other roles. First up is  Annabelle Wallis , probably best known from the U.K. TV series  Peaky Blinders . 

Variety writes Wallis has been cast as an archaeologist in the movie, while The Hollywood Reporter says she's playing a scientist. Whether those seem like conflicting reports depends on whether you consider archaeology a science, I guess. THR additionally claims that Cruise is playing a special forces soldier or former soldier. Plot details are being kept under very tight wraps, though we do know it'll be set in the modern day.

Wallis is a British actress whose credits include the TV shows  The Tudors and  Peaky Blinders , as well as the movies Annabelle  (a pretty terrible  Conjuring spinoff) and Sacha Baron Cohen's  The Brothers Grimsby . Her upcoming roles include Zack Whedon's  Come and Find Me and Guy Ritchie's  Knights of the Roundtable: King Arthur . The latter is also intended to set up an ongoing "shared universe," so depending on how things go Wallis could find herself with two major franchises on her hands.

Kurtzman, who also wrote the screenplay with  Chris Morgan , has been quick to reassure fans that contrary to earlier comments  made by Universal chief Donna Langley, the Universal Monsters movies will remain in the horror genre. "I think there was some lost in translation quality to the way it was received, because I promise you there will be horror in these movies," he said. "The tricky part is actually how you combine horror with either adventure or suspense or action and be true to all the genres together."

The Mummy will open  June 9, 2017 . Besides  The Mummy , Universal is also planning reboots of the Wolf Man (due out March 30, 2018), Van Helsing, Bride of Frankenstein, and the Invisible Man.

Tom Cruise and Annabelle Wallis film new blockbuster in Oxford

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Tom Cruise looked his usual handsome self as he was spotted filming in Oxford. The actor and his co-star Annabelle Wallis were seen shooting scenes and chatting during breaks in the early hours of the morning earlier this week.

The filming, which wrapped up at 4:35 a.m. on Wednesday morning, showed the 53-year-old looking smart in a dark blue shirt while in deep discussion with Annabelle's character, who was dressed in casual jeans and boots.

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The co-stars will be appearing in a reboot of The Mummy , a series of monsters films originating from 1932, most recently starring Brandon Routh as mummy-fighting adventurer Rick O'Connell. The last instalment of the franchise, The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor, was released way back in 2008.

The series reboot will see the franchise brought to modern day and will be a new take on the mythology, with Tom playing Navy Seal Tyler Colt during a mission in the Iraqi desert to find a group of terrorists while Annabelle will play an archaeologist. The film will also star Kingsman: The Secret Service actress Sofia Boutella star as the main antagonist.

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This is the first of a classic movie monster reboot movement, as Universal have announced plans to create a new monster cinematic universe. They will also be remaking Frankenstein, Dracula, The Creature from the Black Lagoon, The Wolf Man and Bride of Frankenstein.

The Minority Report star isn't the only Hollywood A-lister to be filming in the UK at the moment, as Brad Pitt has also been seen filming out and about in London for his new film, Five Seconds of Silence. The 52-year-old actor looked fantastic in a brown suede jacket and grey trousers as he filmed a family day out scene with his co-star, Marion Colliard.

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