The Invisible Man
- By Debbie Emery
- Photo Courtesy of Universal
The Invisible Man has undergone many iterations dating back to H.G. Wells’ 1897 sci-fi novel to Universal Pictures’ 1933 film adaptation. Insidious screenwriter Leigh Whannell was passed the director baton after a revival was in development for over a decade, with Johnny Depp originally slated to star. The result is a terrifying co-production between Blumhouse Productions, Nervous Tick and Goalpost Pictures. The resulting movie was definitely worth the wait. The plot revolves around Handmaid’s Tale Emmy winner Elisabeth Moss as she tries to escape from a violent, controlling relationship with a wealthy and brilliant scientist.
Following in the footsteps of his captivating performance in The Haunting of Hill House, Oliver Jackson-Cohen stars as the abusive ex who commits suicide and leaves half his fortune to Cecilia Kass (Moss). But of course, there’s a major catch! Whannell and producer Jason Blum take the audience on a rollercoaster ride watching Cecilia’s sanity unravel as she fails to convince the outside world that she’s being terrorized by a stalker whom no one can see. “I saw an opportunity to change people’s perceptions of what The Invisible Man was,” Whannell told The Guardian. “As time has gone by that character has become almost comical: the floating sunglasses and bandages. “The more I thought about it, the more I realized The Invisible Man movie I would love to see has never been made.”
“The Invisible Man” opens on February 28th.