Universal recently announced that Tom Cruise would headline their new take on The Mummy, and now they’ve cast another A-lister for their shared classic monster universe.
Deadline reports that Johnny Depp will star in the title role in The Invisible Man, which will be overseen by producers Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan, who are currently working on The Mummy.
THR reports that the script will be written by Ed Solomon (Men In Black, Now You See Me), based on the classic HG Wells novel and the brilliant 1933 James Whale film, starring Claude Rains as the scientist who has stumbled across a way to turn invisible, but finds himself losing his mind the longer he stays transparent. No director has been attached yet, but presumably we can expect that announcement soon.
This latest casting announcement shows that the studio is definitely committed to turning these updated creature features into tentpoles movies. We’re still a little cautious about the idea of a shared Monster Movie universe, and the fact that they’re turning away from horror, but it’s hard not to be a tiny bit impressed by the sheer star power that they’re putting together.
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