Johnny Depp is Universal's 'The Invisible Man'

Johnny Depp will star in Universal Pictures' in-development "The Invisible Man," the latest take on the H.G. Wells novel and part of the studio's planned shared classic movie monster continuity, as reported Tuesday afternoon by Deadline.

There's not a lot of further details at this time, including who's writing the script or on board to direct, or when it'll go into production. Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan are leading the creative charge on Universal's current monster plans, and will produce "Invisible Man." Kurtzman will direct the first entry in this new monster-verse, "The Mummy," starring another major star -- Tom Cruise -- which is scheduled for release on June 9, 2017.

Depp, of course, is no stranger to famous roles, ranging from Captain Jack Sparrow in the "Pirates of the Caribbean" films to the Mad Hatter in "Alice in Wonderland." He received widespread critical acclaim for last fall's "Black Mass," based on real-life mobster Whitey Bulger.

The original "Invisible Man" film was released by Universal in 1933, based on Wells' 1897 novel. It starred Claude Rains and spawned multiple sequels.

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