Universal is making Johnny Depp invisible. No, sorry Depp non-believers, his career isn’t actually going downhill (yet).
According to Deadline (via Squareeyed), the Black Mass and Pirates of the Caribbean star has been tapped by Universal Pictures to appear as The Invisible Man as part of the studio’s new shared monsters universe, led by producers Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan.
The latest adaptation of H.G. Wells’ 1897 sci-fi novella about a gifted scientist who becomes unhinged after turning himself invisible will follow on from Tom Cruise’s currently untitled reboot of The Mummy, pitting two of Hollywood’s most bankable megastars in the same cinematic realm. Further exciting news filtered through a couple of months ago suggesting that Angelina Jolie was circling A Bride of Frankenstein remake.
While that particular piece of news has gone quiet, it’s exciting news for classic horror fans that Universal is successfully wooing some of the biggest stars out there for their Marvel-esque cinematic universe. The horror universe kicked off last year with Luke Evans’ Dracula Untold and looks like there’s a lot of universe out there.
The new Invisible Man does not yet have a writer, director, or timetable for production, while The Mummy is due in theatres June 9, 2017.