NEW YORK (CBS) – Leonardo DiCaprio is reportedly set to show off his dark side.
The Oscar-nominated actor, who recently starred in Christopher Nolan’s box office hit “Inception,” will portray serial killer Dr. H.H. Holmes, a man believed to have murdered anywhere between 27 and 200 people, in the film adaptation of Erik Larson’s best-selling book, “The Devil in the White City,” according to the Hollywood Reporter.READ MORE: First Illinois Case Of Omicron COVID-19 Variant Confirmed In Chicago Resident
The film will be set during the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition, also known as the Chicago World’s Fair, and will focus on the deceivingly charming Holmes, who built an elaborate hotel to lure victims to their deaths. His hotel, dubbed the “Murder Castle,” was complete with a gas chamber, dissecting table and crematorium.READ MORE: SWAT Team Takes 35-Year-Old Man Into Custody After Threatening Girlfriend With Gun
According to THR, DiCaprio is set to produce the film, along with his Appian Way partner Jennifer Kiloran and Double Feature’s Michael Shamber and Stacey Sher.MORE NEWS: Jussie Smollett Trial: Closing Arguments Begin Wednesday
“The Devil in the White City” will be just one of DiCaprio’s latest book-to-film projects. The 35-year-old is also reportedly set to portray Jay Gatsby in Baz Luhrmann’s adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “The Great Gatsby.”