The Haunting of Hill House's Oliver Jackson-Cohen Joins 'Invisible Man'

Lula Sharp
July 14, 2019

Blumhouse and Universal's The Invisible Man has finally cast its titular role. Per Deadline, The Haunting of Hill House star Oliver Jackson-Cohen has nabbed the title role in The Invisible Man, which is a new twist on the classic story. Blumhouse execs were reportedly blown away by his performance in Hill House, and after his sympathetic turn in that series, it'll be interesting to see what he does with a villainous role.

"Throughout cinematic history Universal's classic monsters have been reinvented through the prism of each new filmmaker that brings these characters to life", Peter Cramer, Universal's President of Production, said in a previous statement.

The Invisible Man will be written, directed and executive produced by frequent James Wan collaborator Leigh Whannell, who has long history with horror films and has found success with the Saw and Insidious franchises.

It's unclear exactly what the twist on The Invisible Man is for this new film, but there is one.

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While Johnny Depp was in line to lead the Dark Universe version of The Invisible Man, that iteration was scrapped.

"It's not dependent on special effects, CGI, stunts", he told Collider. Those were all things that felt like they fit with what our company does. "And we responded to it because I think Leigh is just an A+ director". Jackson-Cohen's other credits include the BBC drama Man In an Orange Shirt, as well as films like The Healer and The Raven.

The Invisible Man will begin production this month in Australia with a pretty excellent cast that includes Elisabeth Moss, Storm Reid, Aldis Hodge, and Harriet Dyer. After the poor domestic showing of "The Mummy", many believed that all future plans for the Dark Universe would be cancelled, but Universal Pictures is pushing forward with hopes of creating a series of connected films like Marvel, Star Wars, and DC Comics.

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