Keanu Reeves will no longer star in the Hulu series adaptation of The Devil in the White City. diversity only learned from sources.
The show was first developed at Hulu in 2019 and officially ordered to series with the streamer in August 2022. It is based on the book of the same name by Erik Larson.
According to the official logline, the show “tells the true story of Daniel H. Burnham, a sophisticated but visionary architect who hopes to make his mark on history with the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair, and Dr. HH Holmes, America’s first modern day serial killer and the man behind the infamous ‘Murder Castle’ built in the shadow of the Fairgrounds.”
Reeves was cast as Burnham in his first major American television role, but a replacement is now being sought. At the time of this writing, no one has been cast as Holmes.
Hulu officials declined to comment. Reeves officials did not immediately respond diversity‘s request for comment.
Martin Scorsese, Rick Yorn, Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Davisson of Appian Way, Stacey Sher, Sam Shaw and Mark Lafferty serve as executive producers on the series. Sam Shaw is adapting the book for the screen and will serve as showrunner and executive producer, while Lila Byock is also executive producer. ABC Signature will produce in association with Paramount Television Studios.
This is the latest chapter in the book’s long history of development. DiCaprio acquired the rights in 2010 with plans to adapt it as a film in which he would star as Holmes. Scorsese came on board to direct in 2015, while Billy Ray wrote the screenplay. It was first developed by Tom Cruise and Paula Wagner via their Cruise/Wagner banner over the clapboard deal with Paramount in Hollywood, but the option lapsed in 2004. Paramount repurchased the film rights in 2007 and set them up with producers Michael Shamberg and a Sher.
https://variety.com/2022/tv/news/keanu-reeves-devil-in-the-white-city-hulu-2-1235396383/ Keanu Reeves is leaving the Hulu Devil in the White City series