‘Black Mass’ and ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ star Johnny Depp has closed a deal to headline Universal Pictures’ reboot of ‘The Invisible Man,’ Deadline has learned.
The project is part of the studio’s new series of films revolving around the classic movie monsters like Dracula, Frankenstein, the Invisible Man, the Bride of Frankenstein and vampire hunter Van Helsing.
Based on H.G. Wells’ 1897 novella, Universal’s first take on ‘The Invisible Man’ starred Claude Rains as a scientist who finds a way to become invisible. The film was helmed by James Whale, who was also behind the camera for 1931’s ‘Frankenstein’ and its sequel, ‘Bride of Frankenstein.’
Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan are on board to produce. Universal’s first film in the studio’s interconnected monster movies is the Kurtzman-directed ‘The Mummy,’ which has Tom Cruise attached to star.
Depp will next be seen reprising his role as the Mad Hatter in ‘Alice in Wonderland: Through the Looking Glass’ when it opens in Irish cinemas May 27th.