The Devil in the White City: The 1893 World’s Fair has piqued the interest of Keanu Reeves.
The Matrix actor is in talks to star in Hulu’s upcoming series The Devil In The White City, based on Erik Larson’s 2003 novel.
The drama will be based on Erik Larson’s nonfiction work of the same name, which will focus on Henry H. Holmes, the man who is often regarded as the world’s first serial killer.
DiCaprio bought the film rights to the series almost ten years ago and has been working on it ever since. It appears that he will finally get his goal now that it is in the works at Hulu. Here’s everything we know about “The Devil in the White City.”
What is The Devil in the White City All About?
The storyline revolves around two men who used the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair as their playground. Daniel H. Burnham, the fair’s architect, had to overcome enormous challenges quickly to build the famed “White City” around which the fair was built. The other was H.H. Holmes, a serial killer who claimed to be a charming doctor and was accused of killing several people at the fair.
Holmes planned and built the World’s Fair Hotel near the fairgrounds, complete with an incinerator and gas chamber, and utilized the occasion and his charming personality to entice victims to their deaths.
The Devil in the White City Plot
Although we don’t know the series’ premise or how much of it will be changed or manufactured for the screen, we may guess it will be based on Erik Larson’s best-selling novel The Devil in the White City, adapted into a film.
In the years preceding up to and during the 1893 World’s Fair, Larson’s novel explores the stories of two men: famed architect Daniel H. Burnham and the abovementioned H. H. Holmes. Larson presents the parallel pathways of both characters as Burnham tries to develop the massive Chicago World’s Fair and Holmes strives to build his Murder Castle and capture his captives.
The result is a historical drama that ties together the World’s Fair’s arduous and risky construction with the story of a “Devil” who utilizes the occasion as a beautiful hunting ground for his wicked intentions.
It’s a terrific novel that will keep you fascinated from start to finish, and fans of the upcoming miniseries “The Devil in the White City” will be in for a treat when it premieres.
The Devil in the White City Cast
Excluding serial killer H. H. Holmes, who will be played by none other than Leonardo DiCaprio, little is known about the cast of the series. The program would be a lovely throwback to DiCaprio’s early days as a movie star.
He started acting at a young age, appearing in shows such as “The New Lassie,” “Parenthood,” and “Growing Pains,” yet, as you might think, his childhood television career is as dissimilar as it goes from his adult one (via IMDb).
Sherlock Holmes, played by Leonardo DiCaprio, is based on a real man who lived in Chicago during the 1893 World’s Fair and famously owned a hotel known as the “Murder Castle” — a refuge for any would-be victims who needs somewhere to stay during the show.
He confessed to the murders of 27 people, but it’s been suggested that he killed up to 200 people throughout his time in Chicago.
The Devil in the White City Release Date
Hulu stated in 2019 that the concept would be turned into a big-budget series, with DiCaprio and Scorsese executive producing alongside Rick Yorn, Sam Shaw, Jennifer Davisson, and Stacey Sher. The first two episodes of the limited series are slated to be directed by Todd Field. Along with ABC Signature and Appian Way, Paramount TV Studios is producing.
According to Stacey Sher, Sam Shaw, the creator of Castle Rock and Manhattan, was working on the adaptation and spoke to reporters last year.
It arrives on the heels of the publication of The Matrix Resurrections at the end of last year. Reeves, whose film Bill & Ted Face the Music was released in 2020, is also acting in John Wick: Chapter 4 and voicing a character in DC League of Super-Pets, which will be published in 2023.