Entertainment · August 5, 2022

Keanu Reeves takes on a rare TV role in a historical thriller

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Keanu Reeves will star in a TV adaptation of The Devil in the White City, the best-selling thriller about ambition, a killer and the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair.

Reeves will portray Daniel H. Burnham, an architect who is “trying to make his mark on history” with his designs for the show, Hulu said at Thursday’s announcement of the limited series. The other central role, that of convicted murderer Dr. HH Holmes has yet to be cast, the streaming service said.

Erik Larson’s fictional account of the fair – officially called the World’s Columbian Exposition – was published in 2003. The Fair’s nickname was White City, due to the color of many of its building envelopes.

Various Hollywood players circled the book, and Leonardo DiCaprio acquired the rights in 2010 with the goal of starring in a theatrical version as Holmes. Martin Scorsese was reportedly set to direct.

Scorsese, DiCaprio and Reeves are among the series’ producers. There was no immediate word about an on-screen role for DiCaprio on the Hulu Project, and his release date hasn’t been announced.

Reeves has worked almost exclusively in films, including the Matrix and John Wick franchises. He took a foray into television with Swedish Dicks, a 2016-18 comedy series about Swedish private investigators, in which Reeves made brief appearances.

Holmes, born Herman Webster Mudgett, was connected to and confessed to a series of murders. He was found guilty and sentenced to death and was executed in 1896.