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THE MOVIE: The Invisible

THE STARS:
Justin Chatwin • Margarita Leveiva • Christ Marquette
DIRECTOR: David Goyer

Chris Marquette, David S Goyer and Justin Chatwin THE CONCEPT:
In this remake of a Swedish Supernatural thriller, high school senior Nick (Chatwin) is attacked and beaten by a group of young thugs led by disturbed teen Annie (Levieva). Nick finds himself trapped between two worlds – invisible to the living, and very close to death. It’s a race against time as he attempts to get through to the ‘living’ so his body is found by the police before he dies.

U.S. RELEASE: April 27 2007, Nationwide
• Rated: PG-13

THE COMMENTS:

DAVID GOYER:
“Three years ago, somebody gave me a bootleg tape of the original Swedish film, which was never released here. I thought it was interesting as I didn’t know where it was going, and I was really engrossed by it. A year and a half later I was having a meeting with Spyglass, and I asked them what projects they had and they mentioned this movie. I said, ‘Oh, I love that movie.’ And they sheepishly said, ‘You wouldn’t be interested in doing it, would you?’ And I said, ‘Are you kidding? I’d love to do it.’”

JUSTIN CHATWIN:
“I was given the script of this, and it’s definitely an unusual film. Then I watched the Swedish version, and I said, ‘This is a really cool movie, I’d love to be in on this.’”

CHRIS MARQUETTE (Pete):
“This movie has always been about real characters in a very supernatural scenario. That’s what attracted me so much to the script. I always liked it that they made these people as human as possible in such crazy circumstances.”

MARGARITA LEVIEVA:
“I definitely did a lot of emotional preparation for this film, I feel like every teenager can find stories within their life that takes them to a place like Annie’s – obviously nothing as severe as hurting someone that badly. In high school I always felt a little misunderstood. The movie is about being invisible, and about trying to be something people want you to be, and being your real self.”

GOYER:
“The great thing about the movie was that Disney said I could make it with whoever I wanted. I’d seen Justin before, and I had actually worked with Chris, but we couldn’t find anyone to play Annie. We saw every young actress in town. I was really at a point of despair, and Margarita walked in the door and gave this performance that just blew everyone away.”

CHATWIN:
“One of the more challenging things in this film was the most exciting, which was being a fly on the wall and seeing what people are like when no one is around. It was also one of the more challenging things, because no actors can communicate with me for 80 minutes of the film.”

LEVIEVA:
“I was really afraid of the scenes with Justin when he’s invisible. How do I stay in my private space when I have this guy talking into my ear the whole time? But I was so focused in what I was doing, for most of the time I didn’t even hear him. I would finish a scene and go, ‘Was he in the scene with me?’”

Written by Judy Sloane. Back to top

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