Keanu Reeves to play rare TV role in historical thriller

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Keanu Reeves would star in a television adaptation of The Devil in the White City, a popular documentary thriller about ambition, an assassin, and the 1893 World’s Fair in Chicago.

Reeves will play Daniel H. Burnham, an architect “trying to make his mark on history” with his designs for the fair, Hulu told Hulu when it announced the limited series on Thursday. Another central role is that of convicted murderer Dr. K. The role of Holmes has yet to be confirmed, according to the streaming service.

In 2003, Eric Larson’s story about the fair was published, officially called the World’s Columbian Exposition. The fair’s nickname was “White City” because of the color of the facades of many buildings.

Various Hollywood players circled the book and Leonardo DiCaprio acquired the rights in 2010 with the intention of playing Holmes in a big screen version. Martin Scorsese was supposed to direct.

Scorsese, DiCaprio and Reeves are among the series’ producers. There has been no word on DiCaprio’s on-screen role in the Hulu project, and no release date has been announced.

Reeves has worked almost exclusively in films, including the Matrix and John Wick franchises. He took a tour of television with The Swedish Cocks, a 2016-2018 comedy series about Swedish private investigators in which Reeves made a brief appearance.

Holmes, born Herman Webster Mudgett, has been linked to and confessed to a number of murders. He was tried and sentenced to death at one time only and executed in 1896.