Keanu Reeves stars in a rare TV role in a historical thriller

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Keanu Reeves will star in a television adaptation of “The Devil in the White City,” the hit nonfiction thriller about ambition, a killer, and the 1893 World’s Fair in Chicago.

Reeves will play Daniel H. Burnham, an architect “trying to make history” with his designs for the fair, Hulu said when announcing the limited series Thursday. The other central role, that of convicted murderer Dr. HH Holmes has yet to be cast, the streaming service said.

Erik Larson’s romantic account of the fair – officially called the World’s Columbian Exposition – was published in 2003. The fair’s nickname was White City, due to the color of many of its building exteriors.

Various Hollywood actors circled the book, and Leonardo DiCaprio acquired the rights in 2010, aiming to star in a big-screen version as Holmes. Martin Scorsese would have been staged.

Scorsese, DiCaprio and Reeves are among the show’s producers. There was no immediate word of an on-screen role for DiCaprio in the Hulu Project, and his release date has not been announced.

Reeves has worked almost exclusively in films, including the “Matrix” and “John Wick” franchises. He had a TV excursion with “Swedish Dicks,” a 2016-18 comedy series about Swedish private detectives in which Reeves made cameo appearances.

Holmes, born Herman Webster Mudgett, was linked to and confessed to a number of murders. He was convicted and sentenced to death for one and was executed in 1896.