As production on Blumhouse/Universal’s ‘The Invisible Man’ is underway in Australia, a full synopsis has been released, giving a better idea of which actors are playing which parts and how they fit into the story. Elisabeth Moss fronts the cast, while ‘The Haunting of Hill House’s Oliver Jackson-Cohen portrays the titular ghoul. The cast also includes Storm Reid, Aldis Hodge, Harriet Dyer, and Benedict Hardie. Leigh Whannell is directing based on a screenplay he wrote.
Here is the longer synopsis:
The film centers on Cecilia Kass (Elisabeth Moss), a woman trapped in a violent, controlling relationship with a wealthy and brilliant scientist. She escapes in the dead of night and disappears into hiding, aided by her sister (Harriet Dyer), their childhood friend (Aldis Hodge) and his teenage daughter (Storm Reid). But when Cecilia’s abusive ex (Oliver Jackson-Cohen) commits suicide and leaves her a generous portion of his vast fortune, Cecilia suspects his death was a hoax. As a series of eerie coincidences turn lethal, threatening the lives of those she loves, Cecilia’s sanity begins to unravel as she desperately tries to prove that she is being hunted by someone nobody can see.
The new film is an adaptation of both the 1933 Universal classic and of H.G. Wells’ 1897 novel of the same name.
Jackson-Cohen’s character’s name is believed to be Adrian Griffin and has previously been described as “a billionaire sociopath who made his money by developing an invisibility suit for the Department of Defense.”
This is the first of what Universal hopes becomes a series of movies collectively called ‘Monster Legacy’. They are being co-produced by Blumhouse, which specializes in low-budget horror hits. Universal previously attempted to launch a new big-budget monster movie series called ‘Dark Universe’, but both attempts to kick it off– 2014’s ‘Dracula Untold’ and 2017’s ‘The Mummy’— were flops. So when Blumhouse offered to take the franchise in a cheaper direction, Universal agreed to try this approach.
‘The Invisible Man’ was recently moved up on Universal’s calendar and will now hit theaters on February 28, 2020.