In 1999, Brendan Fraser starred as adventurer, Rick O’Connell in the action fantasy movie, The Mummy. The film – a remake of the 1932 horror movie of the same name – was directed by Stephen Sommers and starred Rachel Weisz, John Hannah, and Arnold Vosloo.
Due to the popularity of The Mummy, as well as its financial success, the movie was followed by a series of sequels, with Brendan Fraser returning for each new entry. But how many Brendan Fraser Mummy movies are there?
For all these details and more, dive into the information below.
What is the order of the Brendan Fraser Mummy movies?
To date, Brendan Fraser has starred in three Mummy movies. The order of The Mummy movies is as follows:
- The Mummy (1999)
- The Mummy Returns (2001)
- The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor (2008)
Are the Brendan Fraser Mummy movies part of the same series?
All three movies are part of the same series, with events told in chronological order. Fraser appears in all three entries as Rick O’Connell.
Other notable cast members in the Mummy movie series include John Hannah, Rachel Weisz, Arnold Vosloo, Patricia Velásquez, Dwayne Johnson, Freddie Boath, Oded Fehr, Luke Ford, Michelle Yeoh, Jet Li, and Maria Bello (replacing Rachel Weisz in Tomb of the Dragon Emperor).
Why was Rachel Weisz replaced in Tomb of the Dragon Emperor?
If you’re a fan of The Mummy movie series you will recall that Rachel Weisz played the role of Evelyn Carnahan in The Mummy and The Mummy Returns. However, in The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor, the role was recast, with Maria Bello taking on the part.
At the time of production, rumours suggested Weisz left the role of Evelyn due to being unhappy with certain aspects of the script for Tomb of the Dragon. However, Weisz cited scheduling conflicts as well as a desire not to be away from home for months shooting the movie.
Hang on a minute, in addition to The Mummy movies, wasn’t there a series of Scorpion King movies too?! Are these connected and do I need to watch these movies?
For those unaware, The Mummy Returns featured a character called the Scorpion King – a villain played by Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson. Universal Pictures – the studio behind the Brendan Fraser Mummy movies – felt the Scorpion King would be popular enough to lead his own series of movies, and created a spin-off film, appropriately titled The Scorpion King (2002).
Released in cinemas in 2002, the movie proved financially successful enough to create a series of prequels/sequels, all revolving around the Scorpion King. These films furthered the character’s history, telling his backstory prior to the events of The Mummy Returns.
But here’s the important bit: Putting aside the link to The Mummy Returns, the Scorpion King series is effectively a standalone collection of films. The movies do not feature Brendan Fraser, or have anything to do with his character, Rick O’Connell, and therefore you do not need to view The Scorpion King movies to enjoy/understand The Mummy franchise.
What is the best Brendan Fraser Mummy movie?
According to IMDb, the Brendan Fraser Mummy movies are ranked from best to least-best as follows:
- The Mummy (1999) – 7.0/10
- The Mummy Returns (2001) – 6.4/10
- The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor (2008) – 5.2/10
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