Leonardo DiCaprio To Produce And Star In The Devil in the White City
Posted on Tue Nov 2, 2010 09:04 AM PDT

LDiCaprioMartin_021710_01_200.jpgLOS ANGELES, California (X17online) - After spending three years on the New York Times bestseller list and selling more than 2.3 million copies, Erik Larson's The Devil in the White City will be developed into a film. Leonardo Dicaprio is set to direct and star in a yet-unwritten film adaptation of the novel based on a true story, through his Apian Way production company, according to a Variety report.

The book centers around the 1893 World's Fair in Chicago, and the lives of two very different men: Daniel H. Burnham, the architect responsible for the fair's construction, and H.H. Holmes, a serial killer masquerading as a charming doctor who is believed to be responsible for countless murders near the fair.

Dicaprio will play Holmes, who planned and built the World's Fair Hotel, complete with crematorium and gas chamber near the fairgrounds. He used the hotel to lure young women to their death.

“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, and because people don’t know much about (Holmes), it makes it even more interesting.” Says DiCaprio's Appian Way partner Jennifer Killoran

Leonardo Dicaprio is currently working on Clint Eastwood's Hoover, a Biopic on FBI director J. Edgar Hoover, focusing on his scandalous career and controversial private life as a homosexual and rumored cross dresser. Dicaprio will play the title role.