Back in January, news circulated that John Wick actor, Keanu Reeves, was in talks to board Hulu’s adaptation of Devil in the White City. Now, it looks to be finally official as Hulu has announced Reeves will star in the adaptation of Erik Larson’s Devil in the White City.
Devil in the White City was given a limited-series order by Hulu consisting of eight episodes. It tells the story of two men, an architect (Daniel H. Burnham) and a serial killer (Henry H. Holmes), who soon find their fates forever link thanks to the Chicago World’s Fair of 1893. Burnham is described as brilliant and fastidious, desperately seeking to leave his mark on the world, while Holmes is a handsome and cunning doctor who created his own pharmaceutical “Murder Castle” on fairgrounds — a palace is meant to seduce, torture and mutilate young women. Production is expected to kick off next year for a 2024 launch.
Along with starring in the series, Reeves will also serve as an executive producer on the project alongside Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio. Also executive producing the series are Rick Yorn, Jennifer Davisson, Stacey Sher, Sam Shaw, Todd Field, and Mark Lafferty. Shaw is also writing the series and will serve as its showrunner, while Field will direct the project.
The Devil in the White City has been in development for quite some time. As previously noted, DiCaprio picked up the film rights back in 2010 with the project originally being set as a film at Paramount for Scorsese to direct. Eventually, though, Hulu acquired the project in 2019 and announced its plans to make a big-budgeted adaptation of the novel with DiCaprio and Scorsese still on board as producers. This will mark the biggest television role for the ever-busy Reeves, who is best known for starring in the John Wick films these days.