The Haunting of Hill House

Oliver Jackson-Cohen in ‘The Haunting of Hill House’ (Photo credit: Netflix).

Leigh Whannell has cast Oliver Jackson-Cohen, who stars in the Netflix supernatural drama series The Haunting of Hill House, as the lead in The Invisible Man.

Produced by Blumhouse Productions’ Jason Blum and Goalpost Pictures’ Kylie du Fresne, the horror movie inspired by the classic monster character starts shooting in Sydney this month.

Jackson-Cohen joins Elisabeth Moss (The Handmaid’s Tale), Aldis Hodge (City on a Hill, Clemency), Storm Reid (Euphoria, A Wrinkle in Time) and Harriet Dyer (The Inbetween) in the Universal Pictures film, whose plot is under wraps.

Deadline hails the casting of Jackson-Cohen as quite a coup considering Johnny Depp was originally in the frame to play the lead.

Whannell cast the English actor after being impressed by his performance as Luke Crain, one of five siblings who are haunted by memories of their old home and the terrifying events that drove them from it, in the Netflix series.

His credits include the BBC drama Man in an Orange Shirt, NBC’s Emerald City and Dracula and the ITV miniseries Mr. Selfridge.

He also played the lead, convict William Thornhill, opposite Sarah Snook and Lachy Hulme, in the Ruby Entertainment/ABC miniseries The Secret River.

Universal will release The Invisible Man next March.

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