After Universal Pictures scrapped its proposed ‘Dark Universe’ initiative which would interconnect classic movie monsters, most of the projects in development were scrapped including a new version of H.G. Wells’ “The Invisible Man” which was to star Johnny Depp.
A few months later came word that Australian filmmaker and “Upgrade” helmer Leigh Whannell was set to work on a whole new adaptation which has Elisabeth Moss tapped to star in a role. At the time of her hiring, it was said to be a lead role which led many to assume the project will be a gender-flipped version of the original premise.
Speaking with THR this week, Moss says that’s not the case and while she is involved in the project it’s not as the titular transparent character”
“I haven’t gotten into what I’m allowed to say yet. I’m pretty sure I can say that I’m not ‘The Invisible Man.’ That would be weird. It’s a little bit of a different take on it. Part of the reason why I wanted to do it is I actually felt like it was a really feminist story of female empowerment and a victim kind of overcoming something. I don’t even know what I’m allowed to say about it! I’m not The Invisible Man, but there is an Invisible Man — if that makes any sense.”
The film doesn’t yet have a male lead. Jason Blum is producing Whannell’s film which aims to begin production later this year.