Universal Pictures is expanding the Dark Universe with “The Invisible Man” in 2020, and the company confirmed the extended cast for the film on Wednesday afternoon. Elisabeth Moss, Aldis Hodge, Storm Reid, Harriet Dyer, and Oliver Jackson-Cohen will star in the movie, with Jackson-Cohen replacing Johnny Depp in the project.
The studio teased the story in the casting announcement, saying, “Trapped in a violent, controlling relationship with a wealthy and brilliant scientist, Cecilia Kass escapes in the dead of night and disappears into hiding, aided by her sister, their childhood friend and his teenage daughter. But when Cecilia’s abusive ex commits suicide and leaves her a generous portion of his vast fortune, Cecilia suspects his death was a hoax. As a series of eerie coincidences turns lethal, threatening the lives of those she loves, Cecilia’s sanity begins to unravel as she desperately tries to prove that she is being hunted by someone nobody can see.”
The movie is scheduled to release on February 28th, and there are already quite a few thrillers scheduled to release that month. Leigh Whannell wrote and directed the film, with Jason Blum and Kylie du Fresne serving as producers. Whannell also serves as an executive producer on the project, alongside Beatriz Sequeira, Charles Layton, Rosemary Blight, Ben Grant, Couper Samuelson, and Jeanette Volturno. Whannell was also one of the original conceivers of the Saw franchise, and recently directed “Upgrade” and “Insidious: Chapter 3.”
The other big releases in February are “Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn),” “Peter Rabbit 2,” “Fantasy Island,” “The King’s Man,” “The Photograph,” “Sonic the Hedgehog,” “What About Love,” “Bloodshot,” “The Call of the Wild,” and “Bad Trip.” It will be a busy month at the box office, but “The Mummy” set a pretty low bar for “The Invisible Man” to beat.
Alex Kurtzman directed “The Mummy” in 2017, and the summer release was designed to jumpstart the Dark Universe for Universal Pictures. The studio made the film with a budget of $125M, and the movie brought in over $409.2M worldwide but was panned by critics. Tom Cruise, Sofia Boutella, Russell Crowe, and Annabelle Wallis starred in the film, and the reception put the Dark Universe plans on ice until next year.
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