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      Invisible Man Reboot Casts Hill House Star Oliver Jackson-Cohen

      Armie Hammer and Alexander Skarsgård are Universal's top choices to star in their Invisible Man movie reboot. For years now, Universal has wanted to remake its classic monster properties like Dracula and Invisible Man as part of a modern shared universe (a la the MCU or DCEU). However, they've already failed twice to launch such a franchise; first with Dracula Untold in 2014 and then with the Tom Cruise-led The Mummy in 2017. The studio is now hoping to turn their fortunates around by bringing Blumhouse Productions founder Jason Blum onboard as a producer on these films.
      To start things off, Blum will produce Universal's Invisible Man remake, with Leigh Whannell - Blum's collaborator on the Insidious movies and Upgrade - writing and directing. The project has started to quickly come together in the six weeks or so since Whannell's involvement was announced, with casting already underway and production expected to begin relatively soon. Elisabeth Moss is currently being eyed for the movie's female lead, and could end up starring opposite one of two A-list actors in the horror reboot, according to a new report.



      According to THS, Hammer and Skarsgård are Universal's top picks to star inInvisible Man as Adrian Griffin, a billionaire (and sociopath) who developed an invisibility suit for the Department of Defense. Johnny Depp was originally lined up to star in the film when it was part of the Dark Universe - the name of the monster franchise that The Mummy was designed to kick-off - but he's no longer part of the project.





      Availability could be the issue that decides if Hammer, Skarsgård, or a third party ultimately stars in Invisible Man. Hammer might be busy with filming onDeath on the Nile later this year and was recently rumored to be the front-runner to star in Matt Reeves' The Batman (though he's refuted the claim for now). Skarsgård, meanwhile, has been shooting Godzilla vs. Kong in recent months and is slated to appear opposite Cara Delevingne in the thriller Fever Heart in the foreseeable future. Both actors would be excellent picks to play a handsome and wealthy but immoral scientist driven mad by their creation inInvisible Man and have played similarly untrustworthy types before. But again, their busy schedules could prevent them from signing on here.


      Like Blum's other projects,
      Invisible Man will be a low-budget affair and, in turn, a relatively shorter shoot, which should make it easier for either Hammer or Skarsgård to add the film to their to-do list. The movie could end up being the start of a new franchise as well, assuming it performs strongly enough to warrant a sequel or a connection to a future Universal monster movie reboot. Either way you cut it, it's an intriguing project that's coming together pretty rapidly - so keep your eyes peeled for additional Invisible Man updates in the near future.

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      Invisible Man Reboot Casts Hill House Star Oliver Jackson-Cohen



      Oliver Jackson-Cohen has joined the cast of The Invisible Man reboot. After back-to-back failed attempts to relaunch its classic monster movie universe, Universal is taking a different approach with its Invisible Man re-imagining. The studio has partnered with Blumhouse on the film and has Leigh Whannell (who got his start cowriting the original Saw) writing and directing what's described as a low-budget, character-driven take on the property. With production slated to get underway this month, Whannell is currently in the final stages of putting the movie's cast together.
      Universal had originally recruited Johnny Depp to star in The Invisible Manreboot, back when the movie was part of the since-abandoned Dark Universe that 2017's The Mummy was meant to start. However, the actor didn't formally leave the project until Whannell was announced to direct near the beginning of this year. Several months later and it appears that the latter has finally settled on his own (very visible) leading man.



      According to THR, Jackson-Cohen will play The Invisible Man in the upcoming re-imagining. Armie Hammer and Alexander Skarsgård were rumored to be Universal's top choices for the role back in March, but it seems that Jackson-Cohen's breakout turn in Netflix's The Haunting of Hill House series last year was enough to win the studio over.




      While Jackson-Cohen's acting career goes back much further than Hill House, it was his performance as the recovering drug addict Luke Crain that really put his name on the map. The actor showed a real knack for playing sympathetic characters with a dark side on the show, and the skill should serve him well on his next major project. Indeed, it's been reported that Whannell's Invisible Man is a scientist who invents invisibility technology that he uses to convince those close to him - including, the ex-girlfriend (Elisabeth Moss) he abused - that he committed suicide. However, over time, Moss' character begins to suspect the truth and reaches out to a supportive, but skeptical cop and single father (Aldis Hodge) for assistance.


      In a separate interview with THR in April, Moss described The Invisible Manreboot as "a really feminist story of female empowerment and a victim kind of overcoming something". Both Moss' description and the reported details line up well with Whannell's most recent work; his script for 2017's Insidious: The Last Key also focused on victims confronting their monstrous abusers, while last year's acclaimed sci-fi thriller
      Upgrade (which he both wrote and directed) similarly explored themes about technology being misused. Between that and his casting choices, Whannell's take on The Invisible Man continues to sound very promising so far.

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