The first trailer has arrived for The Invisible Man, the upcoming horror film that updates the 1897 science fiction novel by H. G. Wells.
This is the first film in Universal’s reworked approach to their monsters library. After things didn’t go well for the “Dark Universe,” with Dracula Untold and Tom Cruise vehicle The Mummy under-performing financially and critically, the studio decided to go ahead with filmmaker-driven individual projects – with a focus on horror. It’s a good idea, and the trailer for The Invisible Man is boding very well indeed.
Moss plays Cecilia Kass, a woman who escapes a violent, highly abusive relationship. When her ex (Oliver Jackson-Cohen, The Haunting of Hill House) commits suicide and leaves her a fortune, she suspects his death was a hoax. And soon, she finds herself being hunted by someone that can’t be seen. If only more people believed her.
The film – shot in Australia – comes from Aussie filmmaker Leigh Whannell, who wrote the James Wan-directed Saw (which he also starred in) and who’s directed Insidious: Chapter 3 and sci-fi thriller Upgrade. It looks great, and the domestic abuse angle and clear metaphors for hidden abuse could provide potent, unsettling layers to the horror.
While the trailer appears to show a little too much, particularly in the second half, Whannell himself had this to say:
For those few thinking that the @TheInvisibleMan trailer shows too much…you’re wrong about that. Trust me.
— Leigh Whannell (@LWhannell) November 7, 2019
Looking forward to this one. The Invisible Man, also starring Aldis Hodge, Storm Reid and Harriet Dyer, arrives in Australia on February 27 and opens in the US on February 28, 2020.
Official synopsis for The Invisible Man:
What you can’t see can hurt you. Emmy winner Elisabeth Moss (Us, Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale) stars in a terrifying modern tale of obsession inspired by Universal’s classic monster character.
Trapped in a violent, controlling relationship with a wealthy and brilliant scientist, Cecilia Kass (Moss) escapes in the dead of night and disappears into hiding, aided by her sister (Harriet Dyer, NBC’s The InBetween), their childhood friend (Aldis Hodge, Straight Outta Compton) and his teenage daughter (Storm Reid, HBO’s Euphoria).
But when Cecilia’s abusive ex (Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Netflix’s The Haunting of Hill House) commits suicide and leaves her a generous portion of his vast fortune, Cecilia suspects his death was a hoax. As a series of eerie coincidences turns lethal, threatening the lives of those she loves, Cecilia’s sanity begins to unravel as she desperately tries to prove that she is being hunted by someone nobody can see.
Jason Blum, our current-day master of the horror genre, produces The Invisible Man for his Blumhouse Productions. The Invisible Man is written, directed and executive produced by Leigh Whannell, one of the original conceivers of the Saw franchise who most recently directed Upgrade and Insidious: Chapter 3.
The film is also produced by Kylie du Fresne (Upgrade, The Sapphires) for Goalpost Pictures. The executive producers are Whannell, Beatriz Sequeira, Charles Layton, Rosemary Blight, Ben Grant, Couper Samuelson and Jeanette Volturno. The Invisible Man is a co-production of Goalpost Pictures Australia and Blumhouse Productions, in association with Nervous Tick, for Universal Pictures.