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Universal and Blumhouse have found the Invisible Man.
The Haunting of Hill House star Oliver Jackson-Cohen will play the title role in The Invisible Man, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. He joins Elisabeth Moss, Aldis Hodge, Harriet Dyer and Storm Reid in the update on the classic Universal monsters character.
Saw co-creator Leigh Whannel penned the script and is directing the film, which will be shot in Sydney, Australia this month.
In addition to Netflix’s Haunting of Hill House, Jackson-Cohen’s credits include the BBC drama Man in an Orange Shirt and the NBC Oz reimagining Emerald City.
Back when Universal was plotting a shared universe based on its monsters, Johnny Depp was set to star in a film based on the character. The box office failure of the 2017 Tom Cruise film The Mummy saw the budding Dark Universe, as it was called, fail to get off the ground.
“I actually felt like it was a really feminist story of female empowerment and a victim kind of overcoming something,” Moss told The Hollywood Reporter in April.
The Invisible Man opens March 13, 2020 and will be produced by Jason Blum for his Blumhouse Productions and by Kylie du Fresne (Upgrade) for Goalpost Pictures, in association with Nervous Tick for Universal Pictures. Whanell will executive produce.
Jackson-Cohen is repped by United Agents, Management 360, Viewpoint and Hansen, Jacobson, Teller, Hoberman, Newman, Warren & Rickman, L.L.P.
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