Brendan Fraser, Rachel Weisz and Rest of 'The Mummy' Cast Then and Now

Bettina Dizon
Feb 18, 2020
05:20 P.M.
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One of the best remakes of "The Mummy" is 1999's horror adventure, featuring a stellar cast that helped make the film successful in the box office.


With a mix of horror, adventure, and a little comedy, 1999s "The Mummy" remake had viewers at the edge of their seats while laughing from time to time.

The successful film grossed $43 million on its first weekend and earned a surprising $416 million while on an $80 million budget.

"The Mummy" has since become a classic with a sequel produced. Here's a look at the incredible cast that helped the movie to become a massive success.



Although Brendan Fraser wasn't the first choice for the leading role, as producers considered Ben Affleck, Tom Cruise, Brad Pitt, and Matt Damon, he proved to be the best choice for the part.

Fraser played the role of Rick O'Connel, who leads Evelyn and her brother to Hamunaptra. His prior roles were in the productions, including "Encino Man," "School Ties," "Airheads," and "George of the Jungle."

Brendan Fraser, 2007. | Source: Wikimedia Commons


He has since starred in better and high budget films after taking the starring character, such as "Dudley-Do-Right," "Bedazzled," "Monkeybone," and "Looney Tunes: Back in Action."

Fraser later had more serious roles like "The Quiet American," "Crash," which won an Academy Award, "Journey to the Center of the Earth," and "The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor."

Brendan Fraser in an interview for Season 3 of "The Affair." | Source: Wikimedia Commons


His most recent television appearances are on "The Affair," "Trust," and "Doom Patrol." Perhaps soon there will be more of Fraser seen on the big screen.


Evelyn, the clumsy Egyptologist, was beautifully played by Rachel Weisz, who was the only actress scouted for the role.

Rachel Weisz poses with her Oscar statuette for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for "The Constant Gardener." | Source: Getty Images


Before the film, Weisz appeared in "Chain Reaction," "Stealing Beauty," "Swept from the Sea," and "The Land Girls," that drew attention to her.

Weisz reprised her role in the movie's sequel, "The Mummy Returns," and has since had an impressive list of credits.

Rachel Weisz arrives at the Montclair Film Festival. | Source: Getty Images


In 2003, the actress appeared in "About A Boy," followed by the films "Constantine" and "The Constant Gardener" two years after.

She won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for the latter film.She also starred in the films "Definitely, Maybe," "The Lovely Bones," "Dream House," "Oz the Great and Powerful," "The Lobster," and "The Favourtie," which earned her an Academy Award nomination.

Rachel Weisz attends 92nd Street Y Presents: Rachel Weisz. | Source: Getty Images



Arnold Vosloo was the show's antagonist and awakened mummy that longs for his lost love while causing destruction everywhere.

Initially, Vosloo's career was in theater, where he took part in the productions "Don Juan" and "Hamlet."

However, he later moved to film, starting with the movies "Conquest of Paradise," "Hard Target," "Darkman II," and "Darkman III."

Arnold Vosloo in the 2009 commercial "The Chase." | Source: Wikimedia Commons


After playing the mummy, the actor appeared in more television shows such as "Charmed," "Alias," "24," "Bones," and "The Blacklist."He also appeared in the movies "Blood Diamond," "G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra" and its sequel that followed in 2013.


Evelyn's older brother Jonathan brought much comedy to the film, thanks to the great acting of John Hannah. 

John Hannah on the Spartacus: Blood and Sand panel. | Source: Wikimedia Commons


He first rose to fame with the acclaimed film "Four Weddings and a Funeral" and appeared on British shows after.

He has since had a long list of acting credits, including "Alias," "Frasier," "Carnivale," "Spartacus: Gods of the Arena," "Damages," "Atlantis," and "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D."


His most recent films in the past two decades are "Before You Go," "Cold Blood," "A Midsummer Night's Dream," and "Overboard."


Oded Fehr plays the character Ardeth Bay in the film, marking his big-screen debut. His prior works are in the shows "Killer Net" and "Cleopatra."

Oded Fehr at the premiere of "Inescapable." | Source: Wikimedia Commons


Since "The Mummy," Fehr became a familiar face on television, starring in the series "UC: Undercover," "Charmed," "Covert Affairs," "Stitchers," "NCIS," and "Once Upon a Time."

His most recent film credits are "For the Love of Money," "Inescapable," "White Chamber," "Justice League Unlimited," "Batman Unlimited," and "Young Justice." 

Oded Fehr at the premiere of "Inescapable." | Source: Wikimedia Commons



Kevin J. O'Connor played Beni, O'Connel's former compatriot, who is much less brave than he is. The actor previously appeared in "Steel Magnolias," "Color of Night," and "Deep Rising." 

Since "The Mummy," O'Connor has had more colorful roles, including "Van Helsing," "G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra," "There Will be Blood," "Law & Order: Criminal Intent," "The Mob Doctor," "The Beast," and "11.22.63." 



Imhotep's long lost lover, Anck-Su-Namun, was played by the beautiful Patricia Velasquez, who was first invested in her modeling career. 

Patricia Velasquez, 2019. | Source: Wikimedia Commons

She has since continued modeling for prestigious brands, including Chanel, Dolce & Gabbana, Vogue, and Marie Claire. As for acting, she appeared in "Le Jaguar," "Eruption," and "Beowulf." Her other roles are in "American Family," "Rescue Me," The L Word," and "Ugly Betty."