Leigh Whannell’s The Invisible Man is one of the next films in Hollywood’s pipeline of horror reboots, but we’re still pretty pumped. In a recent Deadline report, the horror community has been graced with the wonderful news that horror hunk Oliver Jackson-Cohen has been officially cast as the titular character. Jackson-Cohen is no stranger to horror from playing John Catrell in The Raven (2012), vampire hunter Jonathan Harker in NBC’s Dracula (2013-14) and the tragic Luke Crain in Netflix’s mega-hit The Haunting of Hill House (2018) (which is actually the reason he got the role).
Oliver Jackson-Cohen joins the already impressive cast of Elisabeth Moss (The Handmaid’s Tale), Storm Reid (Euphoria, 2019), Aldis Hodge (Black Mirror: Black Museum, 2017), Harriet Dyer (Killing Ground, 2016), and Zara Michales (2:22, 2017).
The Invisible Man will be written, directed, and executive produced by the horror hound himself Leigh Whannell. Whannell has solidified his place in the horror community, from The Saw franchise (I-III), to his ventriloquist opus Dead Silence (2007) to the genre-bending haunted “house” creation Insidious (2010). Between his writing, directing, and mind for production Leigh Whannell has proven time and time again he is a force to be reckoned with. Now, some of his best work does have James Wan’s name attached to it, but it is quite obvious that Leigh Whannell can carry his own weight; this is shown by his incredible cyborg horror (cyborrgor?) film Upgrade (2018).
The cherry on top of this remake-cake is Jason Blum is producing! Blum[house] has successfully rebooted the Halloween franchise, and is currently working on a(n) (undoubtedly successful) Black Christmas reboot which is set to release this Christmas season. While we don’t have a set release date for The Invisible Man, nor a trailer, the hype is already there for this potentially wonderful Universal Monster Movie reboot. Deadline also reports filming begins this month in Sydney, Australia, hopefully meaning set pics, and a trailer should be coming our way shortly!