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Leonardo DiCaprio reunites with Martin Scorsese for Devil in the White City

The Wolf of Wall Street

Story by Jack Foley

LEONARDO DiCaprio is to reunite with director Martin Scorsese for the crime drama The Devil in the White City.

The project will mark the duo’s latest cinematic venture since The Wolf of Wall Street and is based on Erik Larson’s book The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic and Madness at the Fair That Changed America.

DiCaprio will play HH Holmes, who murdered between 27 and 200 people, mostly single young women, during a crime spree that took place against the backdrop of the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair.

According to Variety, the film will combine the intertwining stories of fair architect Daniel H. Burnham and Holmes, who used a hotel he built near the fairgrounds to lure his victims.

Ironically, plans to make a movie out of The Devil in the White City have been around for several years, with DiCaprio having been previously attached in 2010.

However, the film was first put into development by Tom Cruise and Paula Wagner way back in 2004, with Paramount again in charge. The distributor has had the rights to the novel on three separate occasions.

This latest incarnation, however, looks good to go. In addition to DiCaprio and Scorsese, the film boasts Billy Ray as screenwriter, whose credits include Captain Phillips and The Hunger Games.

Besides The Wolf of Wall Street, DiCaprio and Scorsese have made Gangs of New York, The Aviator, The Departed and Shutter Island together.

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