Olympic boost for Mummy blockbuster?

As all eyes turn to Beijing for the Olympics, the third instalment of the successful Mummy films offers its own take on China - swapping Egyptian Pyramids for the Tomb of the Dragon Emperor.

So is the timing a coincidence? Or are the filmmakers hoping for a box office boost from the Olympic Games?

Seven years after the bandages last came off, actor Brendan Fraser returns in The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor as archaeologist Rick O'Connell, this time retired, and with a grown-up son Alex.

When Alex, played by Australian actor Luke Ford, accidentally awakens the Dragon Emperor (Jet Li), his parents leap from their sedentary retirement to help save the world.

For Fraser, China offered the perfect setting for this latest romp.

"It's an archaeologically rich nation, many national treasures, the Great Wall, history, mystery, mystique," he says.

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