By Nick Romano
April 12, 2019 at 11:45 AM EDT
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The remnants of The Dark Universe of monster movies are still alive.

Friday brought word that The Handmaid Tale‘s Elisabeth Moss, who was previously in talks to join The Invisible Man, has now officially boarded the Universale-Blumhouse project in a starring capacity, EW has learned.

The news comes after Moss filmed a role in Jordan Peele’s sophomore horror film Us, which also involved producers at Blumhouse. Johnny Depp, who was originally tapped to star in the film when Universal initially mapped out its Dark Universe of films, is not expected to be involved.

Variety initially reported talks between the studio and Moss in March.

Tom Cruise in The Mummy was once meant to be the jumping off point for The Dark Universe, but poor critical reception combined by low box-office earnings (low when compared to the amount of money that went into the production and marketing) derailed those plans. Since reassessing plans for their monster library, Universal is now less committed to creating a series of interconnected films and more committed on filmmaker-driven stories rooted in horror with no budget, genre, rating restriction, or expectation of a shared universe.

Leigh Whannell (Upgrade, Insidious: Chapter 3) writes and directs The Invisible Man, which will shoot in Australia. 

“Throughout cinematic history Universal’s classic monsters have been reinvented through the prism of each new filmmaker that brings these characters to life,” Peter Cramer, Universal’s President of Production, said in a previous statement. “We are excited to take a more managed approach for their return to screen, shepherded by creators who have stories they are passionate to tell with them.”

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