Invisible Man: Elisabeth Moss Teases Possibility of Gender-Swapped Lead


Despite reports that Universal is looking at Armie Hammer or Alexander Skarsgard to play the titular role in Leigh Whannell's Invisible Man reboot, actor Elisabeth Moss has teased the possibility that she might actually be playing a gender-swapped version of the character.

"I would say I don't think I would be replacing Johnny Depp necessarily," she told BuzzFeed News. "I can say that. But I think it's an incredible story that maybe needs to to be retold, but maybe with a woman. I'm not saying I'm doing it. I'm just saying that theoretically that would be a great idea."

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Moss didn't officially confirm in the interview whether she'd be starring in the movie, but her remarks do seem to indicate that she's at least considering the possibility. Earlier reports indicated she was circling the role of Cecilia Kass, so it's unclear at this time if Moss' tease is just that or an indication of how the movie will depart from previous iterations of the Invisible Man.

There was an Invisible Woman movie in 1940, though that movie was much more of a comedy than horror. Considering Whannell's work on horror films, it's unlikely that this movie would follow in the footsteps of that film.

The Invisible Man was originally slated to be part of its Dark Universe and star Johnny Depp in the title role. However, the project is no longer expected to be part of the shared universe. Following the critical disdain and lackluster box office for Tom Cruise and Russell Crowe's The Mummy, original writer Ed Solomon departed the project, remarking that Universal was "reconfiguring" its Dark Universe. Depp later left the project.

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No release date has been announced, but production is scheduled to begin in May.

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