With Universal and Blumhouse’s new take on The Invisible Man having begun to assemble its core cast over the past several months, the film has now found its titular character.
Courtesy of Deadline, The Haunting of Hill House’s Oliver Jackson-Cohen has signed on to play the Invisible Man. Jackson-Cohen joins a cast that currently features Elisabeth Moss, Aldis Hodge, Storm Reid and Harriet Dyer.
The early blurb on The Invisible Man reads:
The film follows Cecilia, who receives the news of her abusive ex-boyfriend’s suicide. She begins to re-build her life for the better. However, her sense of reality is put into question when she begins to suspect her deceased lover is not actually dead.
If you remember, The Invisible Man was initially being developed as part of Universal’s shared Dark Universe realm that began with the Tom Cruise-starring The Mummy. After The Mummy was poorly received, all plans for the Dark Universe were put on hold and are now seemingly as dead as a dodo.
Back then, Johnny Depp was on board to play the title role in The Invisible Man, with this new report claiming that Depp has now departed the project. In addition to Depp at one stage to play the Invisible Man, Javier Bardem was to play Frankenstein’s monster; the pair joining a shared world that had Sofia Boutella as the Mummy and Russell Crowe as Dr. Jekyll, Dwayne Johnson in talks to play the Wolfman, Scarlett Johansson lined up to play the Creature from the Black Lagoon, Angelina Jolie to play the Bride of Frankenstein, and with Tom Cruise along to battle such beasties.
From what we’ve heard, pretty much all of those projects have been shelved apart from possibly The Bride of Frankenstein and, of course, The Invisible Man.
Fresh off the success of Upgrade, long-time genre fave Leigh Whannell is serving as writer, director and executive producer on The Invisible Man, with the film due to start production in Sydney, Australia later this month ahead of a March 13th, 2020 release.