Blumhouse has unveiled the first trailer for Leigh Whannell’s take on The Invisible Man, starring Elisabeth Moss.
The film will follow Moss’ character as she deals with the fact her abusive ex appears to be stalking her, despite the fact he has committed suicide and left her a portion of his fortune.
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It’s a new spin on the classic monster, who first appeared on the big screen in 1933 and was played by Claude Rains.
In this new incarnation, the genius scientist who becomes the titular villain will be portrayed by Oliver Jackson-Cohen of Netflix horror series The Haunting of Hill House.
He torments Moss’ character, apparently from beyond the grave, but she soon realises that he has developed a way of making himself invisible in order to convince people that she is insane.
The project emerged from the ashes of the planned ‘Dark Universe’ over at Universal, which had once tapped Johnny Depp to play the character alongside Russell Crowe as Dr Jekyll/Mr Hyde and Javier Bardem as Frankenstein’s monster.
That franchise, however, stalled after the lukewarm critical and commercial response to The Mummy in 2017, which starred Tom Cruise and was intended to launch the series.
This new take on The Invisible Man, shot earlier this year in Australia, is seemingly unconnected to any over-arching universe.
Whannell shared the trailer on Twitter with his 51,000 followers.
Earlier this year I shot a film in Sydney. Now...here it is. Online. For free. Bits of it anyway. Cut together in a montage. I believe it's called a trailer? Anyway, take a look. #TheInvisibleManpic.twitter.com/9HPZR2BQ5M— Leigh Whannell (@LWhannell) November 7, 2019
The director is best known for co-creating the Saw and Insidious franchises alongside James Wan, as well as directing Insidious: Chapter 3 and Upgrade.
Whannell said his take on the character is deliberately set to avoid the floating trench coat and glasses of previous versions.
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“I wanted to kind of get away from that and make something that was really modern, really grounded, or as grounded as you can be when you’re dealing with a film called The Invisible Man,” said Whannell.
“Just something that was really tense and scary in a way The Invisible Man hasn’t been before.”
The Invisible Man is due to arrive in UK cinemas on 28 February 2020.