Leonardo DiCaprio becomes Devil In The White City

Will play serial killer Dr H. H. Holmes

Leonardo DiCaprio

Leonardo DiCaprio is taking a trip through time to the late 1800s to play a serial killer in The Devil In The White City.

Based on the non-fiction novel of the same name, the story follows architect Daniel H. Burnham and Dr H. H. Holmes, the latter of whom is a serial killer merely posing as a doctor.

Holmes used the Chicago World’s Fair, built by Burnham, in 1893 to dice up his victims in the Murder Castle attraction. Considered one of America's first serial killers, it's thought that Holmes killed between 20 and 200 people.

Which makes for a particularly juicy role for DiCaprio. The actor, who was once considered the epitome of heartthrob, has consistently challenged himself with fascinating material - not least this year's Shutter Island and Inception.

DiCaprio will produce the film through his production company Appian Way with business partner Jennifer Killoran.

“I think that a guy who is that intelligent and that charismatic is nothing less than complex, and it's that complexity that [DiCaprio] is drawn to,” Killoran says.

We know Leo will kill it.


Like the sound of a deadly DiCaprio? Speak up below...


    • RoyMantooth

      Nov 2nd 2010, 14:36

      Isn't that some ish, Total Film!? I went through your list of serial killers this last weekend and knew this had to be coming soon; I didn't expect it like this, though! I read about this and thought I was going to inform you (compliments of Gordon and the Whale)--rats!

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    • kejdouglas

      Nov 5th 2010, 12:14

      When you say 'kill it' do you mean in a good way? I love Leo he's gone from my teenage to crush to an amazing respected actor! He is going to be ace in thsi film.

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    • QuicksilverFox

      Nov 5th 2010, 12:25

      I've had this book on my reading list for a while; guess I have even more of a reason now! This should turn out to be a pretty awesome movie from what I know about the story, and I'm sure that Leo will do it well. Any news yet on who's directing, though?

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    • comicgirl21

      Nov 5th 2010, 17:31

      It's certainly a fantastic book, although none of the murders took place at the Dair itself, but in the hotel Holmes built for his nefarious purposes. It will be interesting to see who they cast as Burnham, as he was an equally driven character...

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