Oliver Jackson-Cohen will play the titular character in Universal and Blumhouse’s The Invisible Man reports Deadline.
Directed by Upgrade’s Leigh Whannell, who also serves as the writer and executive producer, the film is based on the classic 1897 H.G. Wells sci-fi novel about a chemist who discovers the secret to invisibility before being driven insane by it.
It’s said the director was wowed by Jackson-Cohen’s performance in The Haunting of Hill House which ultimately lead to his casting. Jackson-Cohen joins the already cast Elisabeth Moss, Aldis Hodge, Harriet Dyer and Storm Reid.
Johnny Depp was originally going to play The Invisible Man when Universal had the idea of their now-defunct MonsterVerse franchise, which collapsed on its arse before it could begin. There’s a silver lining in every cloud though as Depp is nowhere near this project.
Yesterday, Whannell took to Twitter to announce filming had begun.
Any recommendations for things to do in Sydney? No? Okay, I think I’ll just go shoot a movie then. STARTING TODAY. pic.twitter.com/0KZrk5R10u
— Leigh Whannell (@LWhannell) July 16, 2019