Johnny Depp will star as THE INVISIBLE MAN for Universal as a part of the studio’s effort to reboot their classic monster movie franchises. Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan will produce the film, which is slated for release in 2018.
Adapted from H.G. Wells’ science fiction novel of the same name, the original film premiered in 1933, starring Claude Rains and Gloria Stuart, and was directed by James Whale. The story centers on Dr. Jack Griffin, who stumbles onto a potion that can make him invisible while researching a new drug. When he reveals his new ability to his old mentor and his fiancee, it’s clear that a side effect of the potion is insanity. Jack goes on aviolent rampage, and the police struggle to hunt him down, unable to see their target, while his mentor nad his former partner desperately try to devise a plan to capture him.
Tom Cruise is attached to star alongside Sofia Boutella in the first film of the studio’s monster movie franchise, The Mummy. Universal has stated that it plans to ultimately bring the characters of the various films together in a shared universe, similar to the world established in Marvel’s The Avengers films.
Depp was recently seen on screen as Whitey Bulger in last year’s Black Mass. He is currently shooting the latest installment of the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, Dead Men Tell No Tales, and is also directing a Keith Richards documentary, set to be released later this year.
He is repped by UTA.
Josh Lyons | Managing Editor