Actor Oliver Jackson-Cohen is going from Hill House to Blumhouse.
One of the stars of Netflix’s hit series The Haunting of Hill House, Cohen is set to play the titular role in the Invisible Man remake from Universal and producer Jason Blum, Deadline reports. Cohen joins Elizabeth Moss, Aldis Hodge, Harriet Dyer, and Storm Reid in the movie, whose plot details are being kept (ahem) under wraps.
Upgrade writer-director Leigh Whannell is directing the movie, which marks Blumhouse officially taking over Universal’s attempts to reboot its slate of monster movies after the studio’s infamous “Dark Universe” experiment failed to connect with audiences in the wake of 2017’s The Mummy starring Tom Cruise. The Alex Kurtzman-directed Mummy was intended to spark a series of interconnected films based on Universal’s stable of classic movie monsters, but it suffered from “horse-before-the-cart” thinking. The Mummy tanked at the box office, and Universal’s plans to build an Avengers-ized franchise without earning it first died with it.
Johnny Depp was originally cast as the Invisible Man when the Dark Universe stuff was still a thing, but the actor is not expected to appear in Whannell’s movie.
Universal’s deep bench of monster movies couldn’t be in better hands, as Blumhouse could do for the Invisible Man what they did for Get Out and 2018’s Halloween. Their low-budget, character-first approach to the genre is the draw here, and we can’t wait to see what they come up with.
Invisible Man is slated for a March 13, 2020 release.