Leonardo DiCaprio casts himself as serial killer
Tuesday 02 November 2010
The star of Christopher Nolan's
Inception and Martin Scorsese's
Shutter Island, Leonardo DiCaprio, has acquired the rights to produce a film about Dr. H.H. Holmes, said to be America's first serial killer. The actor plans to star in the film, produced by Appian Way, his production company.
The film is based on the 2003 non-fiction book T
he Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic and Madness at the Fair That Changed America by Erik Larson, which sold 2.3 million copies worldwide.
This marks DiCaprio's first role as a villain. The story of Holmes follows the deaths of 27 to 200 people whom the doctor killed during the 1893 World's Fair in Chicago.
Next, DiCaprio will play FBI director J. Edgar Hoover for director Clint Eastwood's Hoover. He has also recently workshopped The Great Gatsby with Toby Maguire for a possible remake by Baz Luhrmann ( Australia, Moulin Rouge) with a long-list of women of for the role of Daisy, from Natalie Portman to Scarlett Johansson.
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