Oliver Jackson-Cohen is set to star in Blumhouse's upcoming The Invisible Man remake. Cohen will be starring alongside already announced cast members Elisabeth Moss, Aldis Hodge, Harriet Dyer, and Storm Reid. The remake is all set to begin production and has a release date set for early next year. Saw co-creator Leigh Whannell wrote the script and is directing the movie, which will be shot in Sydney, Australia later this month. Universal Monster fans have been waiting a long time to get confirmation on who would be taking the lead in the Invisible Man remake.
Oliver Jackson-Cohen is probably best-known for his character Luke Crain on The Haunting of Hill House. His other credits include the BBC's Man in an Orange Shirt, NBC's series Emerald City, and the NBC Dracula series. It is believed that Jackson-Cohen's work on The Haunting of Hill House is why producers decided they wanted to work with him. Whatever the case may be, this is a big break for the actor. Johnny Depp was going to play the lead in the upcoming movie before Tom Cruise's The Mummy tanked at the box office and The Dark Universe fell apart, which led to this low budget reboot instead.
Armie Hammer and Alexander Skarsgard were rumored to be in the running for Blumhouse's The Invisible Man and at one point in time, it was believed Elisabeth Moss was going to take the lead role and have it be The Invisible Woman. However, that particular rumor has been debunked and Skarsgard and Hammer obviously aren't starring. The remake is said to be a new twist on the classic story and was originally going to be out under Universal's Dark Universe as previously mentioned.
Jason Blum recently talked about the Invisible Man remake and noted it will be character driven and made on a lower budget, like their other projects. Instead of a bunch of special effects, the focus is going to be on the new twists. "It's really compelling, it's thrilling, it's edgy, it feels new," says Blumhouse of the remake. As for what the aforementioned twist will be, nobody is quite sure about that yet. With that being said, we should all know soon enough since the movie hits theaters in March of next year.
With Blumhouse involved and their lower budget success rate, The Invisible Man may end up being another hit for the studio. Jason Blum is producing the remake for his Blumhouse Productions and by Kylie du Fresne (Upgrade) from Goalpost Pictures is also involved, in association with Nervous Tick for Universal Pictures. Leigh Whannell will executive produce in addition to writing and directing the project. The Invisible Man is based on H.G. Wells' classic novella and right now, hopes are high that the studio is able to make it a hit for a new generation of fans. For now, we'll just have to wait and see. Deadline was the first to report about The Invisible Man casting.