Oliver Jackson-Cohen to replace Johnny Depp in 'The Invisible Man'

Carla Harmon
July 14, 2019

The studio had previously planned a shared universe with Dracula, Bride of Frankenstein, and others, but those plans were put on hold after the underwhelming response to Tom Cruise's "The Mummy" in 2017.

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.

On the bright side, it will be hard for "The Invisible Man" to get a lower Rotten Tomatoes score than "The Mummy", but the studio will need a lot of marketing to convince people to give the film a chance on opening weekend. With Depp out of the picture and "The Mummy" a miss with audiences, "The Invisible Man" could be a standalone movie at this point, and depending on the reaction, could be the start of a new interconnected franchise. He will be joining The Handmaid's Tale star Elizabeth Moss and Storm Reid, who was recently cast in James Gunn's The Suicide Squad.

The thriller will be written, directed and executive produced by Leigh Whannell, who wrote, directed and executive produced the 2018 sci-fi thriller "Upgrade", and who wrote and produced "Insidious: The Last Key". Jason Blum is producing the film for his Blumhouse Productions along with Goalpost Pictures' Kylie du Fresne.

There have been some interesting changes to the project over the years since the days of Universal's "Dark Universe". Sadly, these creatures have gone through failed attempts to revive or modernize their stories, but with the horror genre going through a very successful phase, Universal's Dark Universe is getting another chance, and next in line is a reboot of The Invisible Man. Universal has set a March 13 release date. Let us know in the comments.

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