Keanu Reeves lands first TV lead role in Martin Scorsese series

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By Asiya Ali

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Keanu Reeves is stepping away from the big screen to star in his first TV role to date.

Streaming network Hulu announced on Thursday (August 4) that the 57-year-old actor will star in the new series, Devil in the White City, which is executive produced by Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio.

The series is based on a bestselling book by the same name, written by Erik Larson, and will tell the tale of Dr. H. H. Holmes, the con artist and serial killer who constructed the destructive "Murder Castle" in the 1893 Chicago World's Fair.

It will also feature Daniel H. Burnham, the architect and urban planner who transformed the urban landscape and helped to create early skyscrapers.

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Various Hollywood people in Hollywood expressed into in the book adaptation, but DiCaprio, 47, ended up acquiring the rights in 2010, to star in a big-screen version as Holmes, per AP News.

However, the role was given to Reeves who took an excursion into TV with the 2016-2018 comedy series, Swedish Dicks, in which he made short appearances.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, The Revenant actor is also not expected to make an onscreen appearance in the nonfiction thriller.

DiCaprio is no stranger to the producing role as he currently has a film and TV deal at Apple and executive produces the Apple series Shining Girls. He also previously did the $200 million feature for Martin Scorsese's upcoming film, Killers of the Flower Moon.

In a statement shared with People, President of Hulu Originals and ABC Entertainment Craig Erwich spoke about the show, writing that it: "speak[s] to the kind of distinct storytelling with uniquely compelling characters and forward-thinking narratives we continue to aim for in all that we do".

The forthcoming show will be a big reunion for the 79-year-old award-winning director and the Titanic star as they previously teamed up on 2010's Shutter Island, 2002's Gangs of New York, 2004's The Departed, and 2013's The Wolf of Wall Street.

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Leonardo DiCaprio and Martin Scorsese. Credit: AFF / Alamy.

The John Wick actor has a career that has spanned over four decades and recently starred in the DC League of Super-Pets as the voice of Batman. He also appeared in The Matrix Resurrections as Neo and Bill & Ted Face the Music as Ted.

However, he is also familiar with being a producer and is currently executive producing and leading the forthcoming film: John Wick: Chapter 4 and has recently produced the movie, Already Gone, and the short film, Salacia.

Featured image credit: REUTERS / Alamy

Keanu Reeves lands first TV lead role in Martin Scorsese series

vt-author-image

By Asiya Ali

Article saved!Article saved!

Keanu Reeves is stepping away from the big screen to star in his first TV role to date.

Streaming network Hulu announced on Thursday (August 4) that the 57-year-old actor will star in the new series, Devil in the White City, which is executive produced by Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio.

The series is based on a bestselling book by the same name, written by Erik Larson, and will tell the tale of Dr. H. H. Holmes, the con artist and serial killer who constructed the destructive "Murder Castle" in the 1893 Chicago World's Fair.

It will also feature Daniel H. Burnham, the architect and urban planner who transformed the urban landscape and helped to create early skyscrapers.

wp-image-1263140226 size-full
Credit: REUTERS / Alamy

Various Hollywood people in Hollywood expressed into in the book adaptation, but DiCaprio, 47, ended up acquiring the rights in 2010, to star in a big-screen version as Holmes, per AP News.

However, the role was given to Reeves who took an excursion into TV with the 2016-2018 comedy series, Swedish Dicks, in which he made short appearances.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, The Revenant actor is also not expected to make an onscreen appearance in the nonfiction thriller.

DiCaprio is no stranger to the producing role as he currently has a film and TV deal at Apple and executive produces the Apple series Shining Girls. He also previously did the $200 million feature for Martin Scorsese's upcoming film, Killers of the Flower Moon.

In a statement shared with People, President of Hulu Originals and ABC Entertainment Craig Erwich spoke about the show, writing that it: "speak[s] to the kind of distinct storytelling with uniquely compelling characters and forward-thinking narratives we continue to aim for in all that we do".

The forthcoming show will be a big reunion for the 79-year-old award-winning director and the Titanic star as they previously teamed up on 2010's Shutter Island, 2002's Gangs of New York, 2004's The Departed, and 2013's The Wolf of Wall Street.

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Leonardo DiCaprio and Martin Scorsese. Credit: AFF / Alamy.

The John Wick actor has a career that has spanned over four decades and recently starred in the DC League of Super-Pets as the voice of Batman. He also appeared in The Matrix Resurrections as Neo and Bill & Ted Face the Music as Ted.

However, he is also familiar with being a producer and is currently executive producing and leading the forthcoming film: John Wick: Chapter 4 and has recently produced the movie, Already Gone, and the short film, Salacia.

Featured image credit: REUTERS / Alamy