Back at the beginning of March, it was reported that Elisabeth Moss was in talks to join the Blumhouse/Universal reboot of ‘The Invisible Man’. Now it is confirmed that she has officially signed on. This reunites Moss with producer Jason Blum, who was behind her recent smash ‘Us’, which enjoyed the highest opening ever for an original horror movie. So far, ‘Us’ has taken in $220 million globally.
Moss will reportedly play a character named Cecilia Kass. The Invisible Man will be named Adrian Griffin, and will be “a billionaire sociopath who made his money by developing an invisibility suit for the Department of Defense.” Though no one has been signed to play the Griffin role, last month, it was reported that Armie Hammer and Alexander Skarsgård were at the top of the list of contenders.
‘The Invisible Man’ will be directed by Leigh Whannell (‘Insidious: Chapter 3’, ‘Upgrade’) who also penned the script and will produce.
This will be the first step in an attempt to reboot some of Universal Pictures’ old classic movie monsters for a new generation. Universal had originally planned to reboot these characters in big-budget four-quadrant films, and to tie them all together, in the tradition of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Universal even renovated an entire office building to serve as the headquarters for this ‘Dark Universe’, as it was called. But after first ‘Dracula Untold’, and then ‘The Mummy’ (starring Tom Cruise) flopped, that plan was abandoned.
Under Blumhouse, these brands will be revisited in more stripped down pictures. Instead of aiming for four quadrants (adults and kids, females and males), these will be more traditional horror movies. Under the old plan, Johnny Depp was set to portray Griffin. (Also out are other pricey stars that Universal had lined up, Russell Crowe as Doctor Jekyll, Javier Bardem as the Wolfman, and Angelina Jolie as the Bride of Frankenstein.)
Hopefully, soon, we’ll know who will be playing the title role and more details about this picture. Check back for updates!