November 2nd, 2010
05:28 PM ET
Leonardo DiCaprio has landed himself a killer new role - the actor will portray a murderer in the upcoming movie adaptation of the New York Times best-seller, "The Devil in the White City," according to the Hollywood Reporter.
Set during the 1893 Chicago World's Fair, the film - which DiCaprio will also produce - focuses on fair architect Daniel H. Burnham and H.H. Holmes, a serial killer who was said to be the mastermind behind a series of murders that took place around the time of the event.
A charming man masquerading as a doctor, Holmes created and erected the World's Fair Hotel, which he used to lure in his many victims, whose body count was estimated between 27 to 200, reports Deadline.com. Holmes's hotel included a gas chamber, crematorium, and a dissecting table where he would strip skeletons and sell parts for scientific study.
Besides "Devil," DiCaprio is also the favorite to play Jay Gatsby in Baz Luhrman's upcoming telling of "The Great Gatsby."
While Tobey Maguire is rumored for the role of Nick Carraway, Luhrman has yet to pick his Daisy Buchanan. Though "The Town" star Rebecca Hall reportedly has read for the part, a host of other actresses are also under consideration, including Natalie Portman, Keira Knightley, Amanda Seyfried, Blake Lively, Abbie Cornish, Michelle Williams and Scarlett Johansson.
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