People think everything about Hollywood is glitz and glamour, smiles and sunshine, but sometimes working in the movie business is about standing in the rain at 6 am in Sydney, Australia, where it’s still, technically, winter. So why is the man in the social media post embedded below smiling? Well, the man is Leigh Whannell, and he’s smiling because he just finished principal photography on his remake of The Invisible Man.


Whannelll posted this on Monday to mark the end of production on the film, and the beginning of post-production:

“It is 6am and freezing and raining here in Sydney but I am smiling because that is a WRAP on the Invisible Man shoot,” Whannell said with a smiley face emoji. “Thanks to all the amazing crew members who made it a joy to go to “work” every day. Now it’s time to sit in a dark room and figure out what the hell we did.”

The Invisible Man, which is based on the H.G. Wells book and the 1933 James Whale movie starring Claude Rains, is about a young woman named Cecilia, played by The Handmaid’s Tale‘s Elisabeth Moss, who begins to suspect that her dead ex-boyfriend is not actually dead. Storm Reid, Aldis Hodge, and Harriet Dyer co-star with Oliver Jackson-Cohen as the titular character.

Whannell, who’s past work includes co-writing Saw and Insidious and directing Upgrade, now has just five short months to complete the film. The Invisible Man was originally supposed to come out in March, but Universal Studios moved it up two weeks earlier last month.

Of course, there will be no connection between this Invisible Man, and the so-called Dark Universe. The original plan for The Invisible Man involved Johnny Depp and a script by Ed Solomon that would have tied the Invisible Man, to other Universal Monsters like the Mummy, the Bride of Frankenstein, and Doctor Jekyll and Mister Hyde in a shared cinematic universe, but those plans were cancelled after the poor critical reception and box office for The Mummy.

The Invisible Man has been featured in 13 films including the original Universal monster movie, the comedic Abbott and Costello Meet the Invisible Man, John Carpenter’s Memoirs of an Invisible Man, and Paul Verhoeven’s Hollow Man.


Whannell’s Invisible Man will be in theatres everywhere on February 28, 2020. Excited to see The Invisible Man (so to speak)? Tells us about it on Twitter, on the official NOFS Reddit, or The Horror Movie Fiend Club on Facebook!