Word is out that Johnny Depp will star as the title character in The Invisible Man for Universal Pictures. The film is part of the studio’s plan to bring back classic movie monsters.
Universal originally brought this character to the big screen back in 1933 in an adaptation of H.G. Wells’s novel, The Invisible Man, about a scientist who discovers a way to make a human being invisible using a dangerous drug. After using the procedure on himself, the scientist succeeds at becoming invisible, but things don’t go as planned and his very sanity soon hangs in the balance.
Fans of this classic story, published in 1897, will be anxious to find out whether the new adaptation will spawn a franchise, as did the original film in the 1930s. It will also be interesting to see if the character turns up in other monster films.
This picture joins other movies in the works in the studio’s monster universe, one of the most highly anticipated of which is The Mummy, starring Tom Cruise, set to premiere in June 2017. Other exciting reboots will feature Frankenstein, The Wolf Man and Dracula.
The Invisible Man is still in the early stages of development. In the meantime, Johnny Depp will be seen in two high profile sequels: Alice Through the Looking Glass, out May 27, and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, in theaters May 26, 2017.