Published On: Fri, Feb 12th, 2016

Johnny Depp to headline Universal’s ‘The Invisible Man’, coming after ‘The Mummy’

20th Century Fox

20th Century Fox

Johnny Depp has been set to star in The Invisible Man for Universal Pictures, part of the studio’s new production plans to tap into their famous Classic Monsters franchise. Universal has handed over control to Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan, who’ll produce this second film in their new series of reboots.

This news cements  The Invisible Man as the second film in this new series, which will be with Tom Cruise headlining a reboot of The Mummy (set for a summer 2017 release.)

The original film, based on the character from the 1933 H.G. Wells novel, starred Claude Rains as the  scientist who finds a way to become invisible, but loses his sanity. That film was directed by James Whale, the famous director who also helmed Frankenstein and Bride of Frankenstein, and it was produced by Carl Laemmle Jr.

The Invisible Man character is an intriguing choice with depth and franchise potential for Depp, who’s coming off a lauded performance as Whitey Bulger in Black Mass and next will star in his other major franchises Alice in Wonderland: Through the Looking Glass, coming in May, and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales.

Universal wants to emulate the success of the Marvel franchise, offering up a series of monsters in a series of films in a complex, overlapping universe. Presumably the studio will also tap big name talent for behind the camera to challenge these A-list celebrities.

Currently The Invisible Man is set to arrive in theaters on March 30, 2018.

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