Initial Images From Night At The Museum: Secret Of The Tomb

London crawling with exhibits come to life

They may not be critical darlings, but the two Night At The Museum films have certainly hauled in the coins at the box office. Shawn Levy is preparing to unleash the third and planned final chapter in the story, Secret Of The Tomb, and some new images have arrived.

This third outing finds Ben Stiller back as the put-upon Larry Daley, who knows the secret of New York’s American Museum of Natural History – the exhibits come to life thanks to a magical Egyptian tablet from the time of the Pharaohs. But now the table is beginning to corrode and to help everyone involved, Larry and some of the gang including Pharaoh Ahkmenrah (Rami Malek), Teddy Roosevelt (Robin Williams), Attila the Hun (Patrick Gallagher), Sacajawea (Mizuo Peck), Roman centurion Octavius (Steve Coogan) and Jedediah (Owen Wilson) must travel to London’s British Museum to find out how to fix it. There, they’ll encounter the object’s creator, Ahkmenrah’s father (Ben Kingsley), Dan Stevens as Sir Lancelot and Rebel Wilson as a security guard at the museum who is surprised when her charges start coming to life – and spilling out on to the streets of the capital.

"We have brought museums to life, but we have never really explored the idea of taking the magic into the world. This movie really goes beyond the museum walls," Levy tells USA Today. "We are out in London, on a double-decker bus, in Trafalgar Square. It's a juicy idea we haven't explored." For more from the director, head to USA Today’s site.

With Mickey Rooney – in his final role – Dick Van Dyke, Bill Cobbs, Skyler Gisondo and Ricky Gervais aboard, Night At The Museum: Secret Of The Tomb is out on December 19. We predict a trailer will land soon.