The upcoming Universal & Blumhouse film ‘The Invisible Man’ now has Storm Reid in the cast. Leigh Whannell will serve as producer, writer, and director of this reboot.
Reid made her feature film debut in Steve McQueen’s ’12 Years a Slave.’ She is a regular collaborator with director Ava DuVernay, with ‘A Wrinkle in Time’ and the upcoming Netflix miniseries ‘When They See Us.’ Next, she will appear in the HBO series ‘Euphoria,’ premiering June 16th.
Moreover, the character description for Reid’s role is below:
“With her mother gone, Sydney has picked up the maternal slack and is capable and mature for her age. She’s an outgoing lover of fashion who aspires to see the world, and she initially likes having Cecilia around as a role model, but grows mistrustful of her when strange things begin to happen around the house.”
Elisabeth Moss (‘The Handmaid’s Tale,’ ‘Us’) is onboard to portray Cecilia Kass, who receives the news of her abusive ex-boyfriend’s suicide. She begins to re-build her life for the better, but her sense of reality is put into question when she begins to suspect her deceased lover is not actually dead.
Meanwhile, Armie Hammer (‘The Social Network,’ ‘Sorry to Bother You’) and Alexander Skarsgård (‘Big Little Lies,’ ‘The Little Drummer Girl’) are 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’ does not have a release date yet.