Keanu Reeves to Star in “Devil in the White City” Series for Hulu
Talk about an incredible combination of talent. Keanu Reeves is set to take on his first major TV role in a series produced by Leonardo DiCaprio and Martin Scorsese. Reeves will star in Hulu’s Devil in the White City, an adaptation of Erik Larson’s best-selling book of the same name. It’s a project that both DiCaprio and Scorsese have been nudging along for years.
DiCaprio first optioned the book back in 2010, with a script by Billy Ray and Scorsese set to direct. Eventually, the potential feature became a potential series in development at Hulu. Now, Hulu has announced the news at the Television Critics Association’s summer tour that the series is a go with Reeves set to star. Devil in the White City will be led by Castle Rock creator Sam Shaw, who will serve as showrunner, writer, and executive producer. DiCaprio, Jennifer Davisson (his partner in Appian Way), and Martin Scorsese will executive produce alongside Shaw.
Initial reports say that Reeves will star as Daniel H. Burnham, an iconoclast architect who is trying to pull off his greatest feat at the Chicago’s World Fair in 1893. The story has one of the most memorable villains in recent literature, Dr. H. H. Holmes, the first serial killer in modern America. Holmes worked in the so-called “Murder Castle,” a terrifying structure that utilized its proximity to the World’s Fair to allow him to operate (in the most ghoulish sense of the word) amid the hubbub of throngs of people descending on the fair. The depiction of Holmes and his Murder Castle in the book was unbelievably haunting and offers ample opportunity for creators as talented as Shaw, DiCaprio, and Scorsese to make something unforgettable.
Todd Field is set to direct in a co-production between Paramount Television Studios and Disney’s ABC Signature. More information, including who the rest of the cast will include, will be coming soon.
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Featured image: Caption: KEANU REEVES as Neo/Thomas Anderson in Warner Bros. Pictures, Village Roadshow Pictures and Venus Castina Productions’ “THE MATRIX RESURRECTIONS,” a Warner Bros. Pictures release. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures