Keanu Reeves is in talks to star in Martin Scorsese’s series adaptation of Erik Larson’s The Devil in the White City. This will be Reeves’ first television role. Deadline reports that the rights to the book were purchased by Leonardo DiCaprio in 2010. It had originally been intended to be a feature film with Scorsese directing. However, the adaptation will now be a big-budget series with Scorsese and DiCaprio executive producing alongside Rick Yorn, Sam Shaw, Jennifer Davisson, and Stacey Sher.
The non-fiction historical book was released in 2003 with the subtitle “Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America.” It tells two parallel stories, one of architect Daniel Burnham who brought the fair to life, and one of H.H. Holmes, a pharmacist and America’s first serial killer. Holmes created his own “Murder Castle” on the fairgrounds. The castle was designed to seduce and lure multiple women to their deaths.
Reeves, who recently starred in The Matrix Resurrections, is presently only in talks for the project, and the role he would play has not been disclosed. Reeves is also in talks to join the Marvel Cinematic Universe, much to the delight of fans who have wanted him in the MCU for years. He will also star in the miniseries Rain, based on the John Rain comic books and novel by Barry Eisler. Reeves is also starring in John Wick: Chapter 4, which will be released in 2023, and he is voicing a character in DC League of Super-Pets.
The Devil in the White City will be produced by Paramount TV Studios as well as ABC Signature and Appian Way.
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