Oliver Jackson-Cohen, who played Luke Crain on Netflix’s horror hit The Haunting of Hill House, will play the titular role in Leigh Whannell’s The Invisible Man.
Oliver Jackson-Cohen’s turn as the troubled Luke Crain on Netflix’s The Haunting of Hill House not only garnered him the attention of horror fans the world over, but impressed the filmmakers behind the upcoming monster movie, The Invisible Man.
The role had originally cast Johnny Depp when the project was still attached to be part of the Dark Universe slate of films. Those films were meant to be a part of a shared monster universe that branched off from Tom Cruise’s The Mummy.
However, with the disappointing reception of that initial film, Universal retooled its plans for a Dark Universe, instead choosing to focus on individual stories rather than attempting to build a shared universe.
Peter Cramer, Universal’s President of Production, explained Universal’s new approach, saying:
Throughout cinematic history Universal’s classic monsters have been reinvented through the prism of each new filmmaker that brings these characters to life. We are excited to take a more managed approach for their return to screen, shepherded by creators who have stories they are passionate to tell with them.
The Invisible Man will be written, directed and executive produced by frequent James Wan collaborator Leigh Whannell, who has a long history with horror films and has found success with the Saw and Insidious franchises.
While Oliver Jackson-Cohen is set to play the lead role, we also know quite a bit of casting for the movie already, which includes Elisabeth Moss (from The Handmaid’s Tale), Aldis Hodge, Harriet Dyer, and Storm Reid (of Wrinkle in Time and Euphoria fame).
The Invisible Man is currently filming and is scheduled for theaters on Friday, March 13, 2020.
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