WEB DESK: For the past three years, Elisabeth Moss has been doing her best to smash and subvert an oppressive patriarchal society, all thanks to The Handmaid’s Tale.
For seven seasons before that, she had a somewhat similar task in Mad Men, just within the world of 1960s advertising. So if someone has to go face-to-face with an unseen foe in The Invisible Man — an imperceptible figure that happens to be her controlling ex-boyfriend, and that no one else believes exists — then she’s a great candidate.
As the just-dropped first trailer for this monster movie remake shows, the classic Invisible Man premise has had a thoroughly 21st-century update. Moss plays Cecilia, who’s had to flee an abusive relationship with her scientist ex (Oliver Jackson-Cohen, The Haunting of Hill House), but can’t escape him that easily. He turns up dead and leaves her a fortune; however strange things then start happening around her. Celia is convinced her violent former lover is behind it — and not only that, but that he’s still around, but invisible. Of course, everyone else just thinks she’s crazy.
Yes, it’s HG Wells’ sci-fi novel filtered through the concept of gaslighting, in a movie that looks set to stand out from its predecessors — such as the famous 1933 horror version and its many sequels, and 2000’s Hollow Man with Kevin Bacon.
The Invisible Man marks Universal’s latest attempt to revive its iconic monster pictures from the 1920s–50s, after trying to create a Dark Universe series with Dracula Untold and the Tom Cruise-starring version of The Mummy.