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Johnny Depp to play the Invisible Man

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Story by Jack Foley

JOHNNY Depp has signed on to play The Invisible Man in a reboot of the classic horror movie.

The revival forms part of Universal’s ambitious plan to revisit all of its classic monster movies and follows the news of Tom Cruise’s casting in a new version of The Mummy, which is due to be released in June 2017.

There are also reports that producers Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan are trying to convince Angelina Jolie to star as the Bride of Frankenstein in a remake of the classic 1935 chiller.

New films based on the original Frankenstein, Dracula, The Wolfman and The Creature from the Black Lagoon are also being planned.

But The Invisible Man looks set to become the next project out of the blocks.

Based on the classic 1897 novel of the same name by HG Wells, the film would chronicle the case of a former medical student who descends into paranoia and psychosis after discovering a way to render human flesh invisible to the naked eye.

Universal first adapted the book in 1933, when horror icon Claude Rains played the bandaged man on the run.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Universal’s new version of The Invisible Man will be based on a script by Ed Solomon (of Men In Black fame), although a director has yet to become attached and no other cast details are available.

Depp was most recently seen playing Boston gangster Whitey Bulger in mob thriller Black Mass last year. He will next be seen in the Alice in Wonderland sequel.

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