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Elizabeth Banks (Hunger Games) is set to direct, produce and star in the forthcoming The Invisible Woman.

Banks is teaming up with Universal Pictures, who made the 1940 sci-fi/comedy with the same title. According to, Banks made an original pitch based on Universal’s character:

Keeping in mind the original was made in 1940, the tagline is socially tone deaf, saying, “You won’t believe your eyes. You won’t believe your ears. But, the amazing John Barrymore has discovered a new way to get rid of a woman!”

Well, that’s rather rude, but even so, the Invisible Woman (Virginia Bruce) seemed to handle herself quite well, even in the face of adversity.

While it’s not clear what route Banks’ version will go, we’re guessing it will veer away from the sexist undertones as seen in the original. But, who knows, if it’s a period flick, Banks may choose to play it up, but clearly in a facetious manner.

Banks is just coming off filming the 2019 remake of Charlie’s Angels. And she’s currently working on the 2020 series Mrs. America. In the meantime, you can look for her on this week’s episode of The Graham Norton Show at 11/10c:

Do you think it’d be fun to turn invisible? 

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By Brigid Brown