Hollywood actor Keanu Reeves has been roped in to star in the long-gestating adaptation of Erik Larson’s Devil in the White City from Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio at Disney-backed streamer Hulu.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the drama, which has been developed as a film and TV series since Leonardo DiCaprio optioned the property in 2010, has scored a formal series order at Hulu. The news was announced Thursday as part of Hulu’s virtual time before press at the Television Critics Association’s summer tour.
Based on the best-selling book by Erik Larson, Devil in the White City “tells the story of Daniel H. Burnham, a demanding but visionary architect who races to make his mark on history with the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair, and Dr. H. H. Holmes, America’s first modern serial killer and the man behind the notorious ‘Murder Castle’ built in the Fair’s shadow,” according to the official logline.
Leonardo DiCaprio planned to star in The Devil in the White City when he first acquired the rights to the film in 2010. The actor planned to play Burnham himself, with his frequent collaborator Martin Scorsese on board to direct the film. But scheduling conflicts and development difficulties ultimately delayed the project for long enough that it was retooled as a television series. Hulu has been developing the show since 2019.
Todd Field is now on board to direct the series, which is now a co-production between Paramount Television Studios and Disney’s ABC Signature. Sam Shaw is on board as writer, showrunner and exec producer. DiCaprio and his Appian Way partner, Jennifer Davisson, will executive produce alongside Martin Scorsese. Rick Yorn, Stacey Sher, Field and Mark Lafferty also executive produce the series.