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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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