This is very exciting indeed! Not since Hannibal Lector have we had a really gruesome villain hit the screen so the fact that Leonardo DiCaprio may be playing H.H. Holmes is fantastic.
The Inception star is set to play the serial killer in the big-screen adaption of the 2003 non-fiction bestseller The Devil In The White City. If you haven’t read it, pick it up – it’s a great read! Holmes confessed to murdering 27 people – and may have killed as many as 200 – during the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair.
Tom Cruise had initially optioned the book and planned to play the role of Holmes, but DiCaprio – seen having brunch yesterday in SoHo - was so determined to play the part he developed his own rival Holmes project based on public-domain materials before ultimately acquiring the book’s film rights himself. Larson’s book interweaves Holmes’ story with that of Daniel Burnham, the architect behind the World’s Fair, but it’s probably safe to assume the film version will lend more weight to the lurid serial-killer story.
Can’t wait for this!