The upcoming Universal & Blumhouse film ‘The Invisible Man’ now has Oliver Jackson-Cohen onboard to play the titular character. Leigh Whannell (‘Insidious,’ ‘Upgrade’) will serve as producer, writer, and director of this reboot.
Jackson-Cohen was recently in ‘The Haunting of Hill House,’ the first season of the Netflix anthology series. Other credits include George Tillman Jr.’s ‘Faster,’ PBS/ITV’s ‘Mr. Selfridge,’ and NBC’s ‘Emerald City.’ It is unknown if he will appear in ‘The Haunting of Bly Manor,’ the second season of the Mike Flanagan series.
Moreover, 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.”
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. Aldis Hodge (‘Straight Outta Compton,’ ‘City on a Hill’) and Harriet Dyer (‘No Activity,’ ‘The InBetween’) have unknown roles as well.
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. ‘Frankenstein,’ ‘Dracula,’ ‘The Wolfman,’ and ‘Creature from the Black Lagoon’ are just a few examples.
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. Other crew members include production designer Alex Holmes (‘The Babadook,’ ‘The Nightingale’) and costume designer Emily Seresin (‘The Hunter,’ ‘Top of the Lake’).
Lastly, filming will begin this month in Sydney, Australia.
‘The Invisible Man’ will release March 13, 2020.