Keanu Reeves could be in line for a killer role.

Sources are telling Deadline that Keanu Reeves is currently in negotiations to star in Hulu’s planned big-budget series adaptation of Erik Larson’s 2003 book The Devil in the White City.

The Devil in the White City tells the true story of two men, an architect and a serial killer, whose fates were forever linked by The Chicago World’s Fair of 1893. It follows Daniel H. Burnham, a brilliant and fastidious architect racing to make his mark on the world and Henry H. Holmes, a handsome and cunning doctor who fashioned his own pharmaceutical “Murder Castle” on fair grounds – a palace built to seduce, torture and mutilate young women. The story takes the viewer on a tour of murder, romance and mystery in the gilded age.

The project would mark Keanu Reeves’ first major U.S. TV role.

The casting of The Matrix star is the first big step forward for the project, which has been in various stages of production purgatory ever since Leonardo DiCaprio purchased the rights to Larson’s book back in 2010. Initially, The Devil in the White City was going to receive the feature film adaptation from Paramount with Scorsese set to direct. While Scorsese will no longer be in the director’s chair, he is still attached to the project as a producer alongside frequent collaborator DiCaprio.

Taking over directorial duties, at least for the first two episodes, will be Todd Field. Paramount TV Studios is producing alongside ABC Signature and Appian Way.


What do you make of this news? Does a The Devil in the White City series sound like something you would want to check out? Do you think Keanu Reeves is a good casting choice to portray America’s first serial killer? If not, who would you rather see in the role? Sound off in the comments below and let us and the rest of the TV loving world know your thoughts on the matter!

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