Luke Ford Joins Mummy As Son

Universal Pictures and director Rob Cohen have set 26-year-old Australian actor Luke Ford (“Kokoda,” “Junction Boys,” TV’s “McLeod’s Daughters”) to star in the third installment of “The Mummy” reports Variety.

In “The Mummy” sequel, Ford will play Alex O’Connell, the 20ish son of adventurer Rick O’Connell (Fraser), who journeys into the forbidden tombs of China and into the Himalayas, where they run into a new shape-shifting mummy, a former Chinese emperor who was cursed by a female wizard.

Jet Li plays the mummy, Michelle Yeoh the wizard. The studio has tested six actresses to replace Rachel Weisz in the role of Evelyn Carnahan O’Connell after she declined to reprise.

The move potentially sets up the franchise for future films to be carried by Ford. The young actor beat out four much more established actors in screen tests with Fraser.

Shooting will begin in Montreal on July 27th, and then move to China. The film is slated to open July 2008, just before the Olympics begin in Beijing.