“What you can’t see can hurt you.” Golden Globe winner Elisabeth Moss stars in the first trailer for Universal Pictures’ obsession thriller, “The Invisible Man.”
The synopsis is as follows:
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.
The film is directed by Leigh Whannell, who helmed last year’s sci-fi action flick, “Upgrade.” He directs from his own screenplay, adapted from the story by famed science fiction novelist H.G. Wells. Produced by Universal Pictures, the story was first adapted to the screen in 1933 with James Whale’s film of the same name. In 1940, Joe May’s “The Invisible Man Returns” saw Vincent Price play the role of The Invisible One.
In 2000, “Hollow Man,” which starred Kevin Bacon, took a story route akin to Well’s acclaimed fictional piece where a lead scientist volunteers to be the test subject of an invisibility experiment with consequences. In Whannell’s vision of the story, it looks to be more of a domestic and obsessive thriller. Whannell is best known for helping to produce the “Saw” franchise, as he starred in the first installment. He also directed “Insidious: Chapter 3.”
Whannell’s film stars “The Handmaid’s Tale” actress in what looks to be a promising horror outing to kick off the year. Moss recently starred in Jordan Peele’s sophomore feature, “Us.” Over the summer, she starred in Andrea Berloff’s “The Kitchen,” alongside Tiffany Haddish and Melissa McCarthy.
“The Invisible Man” is produced by Blumhouse Productions. The film is a co-production of Goalpost Pictures Australia and Blumhouse Productions, in association with Nervous Tick, for Universal Pictures. It releases in theaters February 2020.