The upcoming Universal & Blumhouse film ‘The Invisible Man’ now has Aldis Hodge onboard the cast. Leigh Whannell will serve as producer, writer, and director of this reboot.
Hodge is currently in the Showtime series ‘City on a Hill,’ which just began airing. This year, he was in Paramount’s ‘What Men Want,’ starring Taraji P. Henson. Other recent credits include Universal’s ‘Straight Outta Compton,’ 20th Century Fox’s ‘Hidden Figures,’ also with Henson, and Netflix’s ‘Black Mirror: Black Museum.’
Meanwhile, Elisabeth Moss (‘The Handmaid’s Tale,’ ‘Us’) will portray Cecilia Kass, while Storm Reid (’12 Years a Slave,’ ‘A Wrinkle in Time’) plays Sydney.
Also, Armie Hammer (‘The Social Network,’ ‘Sorry to Bother You’) and Alexander Skarsgård (‘Big Little Lies,’ ‘The Little Drummer Girl’) may be the top choices to play the titular character.
The role of Adrian Griffin, aka The Invisible Man, is below:
“A billionaire sociopath who made his money by developing an invisibility suit for the Department of Defense.”
Johnny Depp was originally going to portray the character, but he is no longer part of the film. However, he may be featured in another one of the monster movie projects in development. (But let’s hope not.)
This is the first step in the plan to bring creative directors with distinctive visions to the classic Universal monsters characters. In other words, the studio mercy killed the interconnected ‘Dark Universe.’
The decision comes after ‘The Mummy’ underperformed at the box office. This led to the studio taking a new look at the strategy for the remaining monster characters. This includes ‘Frankenstein,’ ‘Dracula,’ ‘The Wolfman,’ and ‘Creature from the Black Lagoon.’
Further, it is unknown what other projects are in development, or which people are currently making pitches to Universal.
Additionally, cinematographer Stefan Duscio (‘Jungle,’ ‘Upgrade’) will be reuniting with Whannell for this film.
Filming will begin this July in Sydney, Australia.
‘The Invisible Man’ will release March 13, 2020.