The Invisible Man (2020 film)

The Invisible Man is a 2020 science fiction horror film written and directed by Leigh Whannell. Inspired by H. G. Wells' novel of the same name, it stars Elisabeth Moss as a woman who believes she is being stalked and gaslit by her seemingly deceased ex-boyfriend (Oliver Jackson-Cohen) after he acquires the ability to become invisible. Aldis Hodge, Storm Reid, Harriet Dyer, and Michael Dorman appear in supporting roles.

The Invisible Man
Theatrical release poster
Directed byLeigh Whannell
Written byLeigh Whannell
Based onCharacters and concepts created by H. G. Wells for The Invisible Man
Produced by
CinematographyStefan Duscio
Edited byAndy Canny
Music byBenjamin Wallfisch
Distributed byUniversal Pictures
Release dates
  • February 27, 2020 (2020-02-27) (Australia)
  • February 28, 2020 (2020-02-28) (United States)
Running time
124 minutes
United States[1]
Budget$7 million[4]
Box office$144.5 million[5][4]

Development on a contemporary film adaptation of the novel began in 2006, but was halted in 2011. An attempt at reviving the project in 2016 as part of Universal Pictures' cinematic Dark Universe was also cancelled following the critical and financial failure of The Mummy in 2017. After Universal moved away from a serialized universe to standalone films, the project reentered development in 2019 with Whannell attached.

The Invisible Man was released in the United States on February 28, 2020. It received positive reviews from critics, with praise for Moss's performance and themes on domestic abuse. The film was also a commercial success, grossing $142 million worldwide against a $7 million budget. Due to its theatrical release being cut short by the COVID-19 pandemic, the film was made available for digital rental three weeks after it premiered in the United States.

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