Algerian-born Sofia Boutella ‘terrified’ by ‘The Mummy’

Sofia Boutella
Updated 08 June 2017
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Algerian-born Sofia Boutella ‘terrified’ by ‘The Mummy’

DAMMAM: Sofia Boutella was scared of “The Mummy” — until she got to know the ancient Egyptian princess intimately.
“I think I was terrified to play a monster,” said the former dancer, who has worked with the likes of Rihanna and Madonna.
The Algerian-born actress’ main concern was being typecast in the role.
“I felt like every time I saw an actor play a monster in a movie, with the exception of Boris Karloff, they hadn’t done much afterwards in terms of their career,” she said.
That is why Boutella said “no” to director Alex Kurtzman the first time he offered her the part.
The actress breaks tradition in the new film as Universal Pictures’ first female Mummy.
Her co-star Tom Cruise said the move to make the antagonist a woman gives the story a “fresh and modern take.” “I thought it really made for a fresh and modern take on it that really leads us in to this new universe. Sofia is beautiful, powerful, terrifying, but very alluring; you want to be with her but then you’re scared of her,” he said.
The Mummy reboot stars Cruise as Nick Morton, a soldier of fortune who awakens vengeful Egyptian aristocrat Ahmanet (Boutella) from a slumber that has lasted thousands of years.


Beyonce takes the stage at Indian billionaire wedding

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Beyonce takes the stage at Indian billionaire wedding

DUBAI: Beyonce took center stage Sunday night to perform at a private pre-wedding event in India. Isha Ambani, the daughter of India's richest man, and Anand Piramal, son of another Indian billionaire, are tying the knot this Wednesday in Udaipur. The event, known as a sangeet, had Beyonce performing songs such as “Crazy in Love” and “Perfect”.

The details of the event are being kept under wraps, but in a photo posted to Instagram, the songstress showed off her figure in a stunning red Indian-inspired dress, embellished all over with gold studs, that featured a plunging neckline and a high slit on the side. She polished off the look with traditional Indian jewelry and an ornate golden headpiece.

She also shared a short video of her performance, featuring a gold-fringed leotard and thigh-high gold boots. Both looks are courtesy of Indian fashion designer Abu Jani Sandeep Khosla.