Universal Courts Elisabeth Moss for “The Invisible Man”

Elisabeth Moss at "Her Smell" film premiere, New York Film Festival, Sep 2018. Photo by Paul Zimmerman/REX/Shutterstock (9904757d)

The Invisible Man may not be a man, after all.

Universal is producing a screen adaptation of H.G. Wells’ science fiction novel, which was previously adapted for screen in 1933.

The novel follows a scientist who manages to manipulate the body’s refractive index, enabling him to become invisible.

The project, by Upgrade director Leigh Whannell, was originally set to star Johnny Depp.

The Fantastic Beasts: Crimes of Grindelwald actor was due to take on the lead role of Griffin, but will no longer have any involvement in the project.

It seems the studio is taking a rather different turn in its new approach as Elisabeth Moss of The Handmaid’s Tale is said to be in negotiations for the lead.

The film will form part of Universal’s new take on its Dark Universe which previously included the box office bomb The Mummy, starring Tom Cruise.