Before he ends his life in gruesome fashion and becomes the murderous, somehow-even-more-vengeful-than-he-was-as-a-real-dude Invisible Man, Adrian Griffin appears in a handful of flashes in The Invisible Man trailer. Most notably, he’s shown sitting at a table, sawing into a steak and placing the just-pink-enough meat into his mouth. What should be a lovely evening in — Steak that probably cost close to $100, because he’s Adrian Griffin and he’s super wealthy! Wine that likely came from an exclusive cellar in Bordeaux, because, again, he’s stupidly rich! — is undercut by a truly haunting look that’s spread across his face. Adrian looks as though he’s drained of all human emotion.
If you locked gazes with the dead-eyed Adrian while watching the Invisible Man trailer and felt he looked far too familiar for comfort, you’re not alone or losing your mind — you probably have seen him before. That’s because he’s played by Oliver Jackson-Cohen, who starred as Luke Crain on Netflix’s acclaimed horror series The Haunting of Hill House.
According to director Leigh Whannell, Jackson-Cohen will give the performance of a lifetime in The Invisible Man. As he told Empire, “When you’re looking for a character that is a villain, for lack of a better term, a sociopath looking to do harm to others, you want to avoid the moustache-twirling trappings of a villain … [Jackson-Cohen] was playing it in this really interesting way. He’s one of those actors who seems to be able to flick a switch in two seconds and go from zero to 100. He can be mucking about one second, and then he becomes this character.”