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Leonardo DiCaprio does some killing in The Devil in the White City

11.01.2010

Leonardo DiCaprio can do a lot of things well, but now he's looking to get downright murderous. Leo will put that famously furrowed brow to good use as killer H.H. Holmes in an adaptation of Eric Larson's book THE DEVIL IN THE WHITE CITY.

The chilling story revolves around the 1893 Chicago World's Fair, and (per Amazon) follows two men: "Daniel H. Burnham, the architect responsible for the fair's construction, and H.H. Holmes, a serial killer masquerading as a charming doctor. Burnham's challenge was immense. In a short period of time, he was forced to overcome the death of his partner and numerous other obstacles to construct the famous "White City" around which the fair was built. His efforts to complete the project, and the fair's incredible success, are skillfully related along with entertaining appearances by such notables as Buffalo Bill Cody, Susan B. Anthony, and Thomas Edison.

The activities of the sinister Dr. Holmes, who is believed to be responsible for scores of murders around the time of the fair, are equally remarkable. He devised and erected the World's Fair Hotel, complete with crematorium and gas chamber, near the fairgrounds and used the event as well as his own charismatic personality to lure victims."

DiCaprio is also producing through his Appian Way (and we can assume he'll get another top-shelf actor for the role of Burnham), but first he'll be playing FBI director J. Edgar Hoover in Clint Eastwood's film.

Extra Tidbit: Tom Cruise was previously interested in playing Holmes.
Source: Deadline

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7:05PM on 11/02/2010

Leo = Awesome

I'll see anything with Leo's name attached to it. The man's a brilliant actor plain and simple and is overdo for an Oscar in my book. This movie's going to be amazing and Eastwood's Hoover biopic has Oscar gold written all over it for both Eastwood and Leo! Can't believe this powerful actor is the same little boy from Critters 3!
I'll see anything with Leo's name attached to it. The man's a brilliant actor plain and simple and is overdo for an Oscar in my book. This movie's going to be amazing and Eastwood's Hoover biopic has Oscar gold written all over it for both Eastwood and Leo! Can't believe this powerful actor is the same little boy from Critters 3!
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6:01PM on 11/02/2010
Sounds interesting, I'll keep an eye out for it.
Sounds interesting, I'll keep an eye out for it.
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5:53PM on 11/02/2010

NO WAY!

I totally just picked up this book this morning and now i read news about Leo starring in the film adaptation. What an awesome coincidence
I totally just picked up this book this morning and now i read news about Leo starring in the film adaptation. What an awesome coincidence
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4:59PM on 11/02/2010
Leonardo is a solid actor, this will most probably be interesting.
Leonardo is a solid actor, this will most probably be interesting.
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4:39PM on 11/02/2010
Babyface DiCaprio playing H.H. Holmes? Well, you don't see a massive casting fail like that every day.
Babyface DiCaprio playing H.H. Holmes? Well, you don't see a massive casting fail like that every day.
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4:37PM on 11/02/2010

Leo

In this day and age, Leo can do no wrong. Looking at his record in the recent past, he has really brought up his game and solidified himself.
With Leo producing, it would be awesome if he would bring in Tom cruise for the role of the architect - or even C Bale or reunite with Russell Crowe. It would be awesome pairings.
In this day and age, Leo can do no wrong. Looking at his record in the recent past, he has really brought up his game and solidified himself.
With Leo producing, it would be awesome if he would bring in Tom cruise for the role of the architect - or even C Bale or reunite with Russell Crowe. It would be awesome pairings.
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3:22PM on 11/02/2010
I read the book, it was great. Very much looking forward to seeing this movie.
I read the book, it was great. Very much looking forward to seeing this movie.
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12:22PM on 11/02/2010

Absolutely terrifying . . .

. . . is the story of H.H. Holmes. A largely unknown incident in American history, but read the book and you won't sleep well for many nights.
. . . is the story of H.H. Holmes. A largely unknown incident in American history, but read the book and you won't sleep well for many nights.
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10:21AM on 11/02/2010

H.H. Holmes: America's First Serial Killer

The documentary is available to watch instantly on Netflix. Doesn't have the highest rating, but I'm still going to check it out. Just thought I'd give those of you interested in this film a heads up. :)
The documentary is available to watch instantly on Netflix. Doesn't have the highest rating, but I'm still going to check it out. Just thought I'd give those of you interested in this film a heads up. :)
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7:07AM on 11/02/2010

Finally

I remember when Bigelow was attached to a similar project about Holmes years ago. Anyway it's good to see Leo going for something juicier, more sinister
I remember when Bigelow was attached to a similar project about Holmes years ago. Anyway it's good to see Leo going for something juicier, more sinister
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2:46AM on 11/02/2010
This is one of my favorite books, and I have always been surprised that a movie adaption wasn't attempted. While I am not all together happy, I am not sad....yet. Leo could do a great job at playing Holmes, so hopefully all the pieces come together and it does the novel justice!
This is one of my favorite books, and I have always been surprised that a movie adaption wasn't attempted. While I am not all together happy, I am not sad....yet. Leo could do a great job at playing Holmes, so hopefully all the pieces come together and it does the novel justice!
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12:36AM on 11/02/2010
Sounds great and I am sure DiCaprio will do a great job. Nobody does "tortured" and "dark" better than DiCaprio.
Sounds great and I am sure DiCaprio will do a great job. Nobody does "tortured" and "dark" better than DiCaprio.
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2:46AM on 11/02/2010
Would love him to try comedy....
Would love him to try comedy....
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