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Writer Hired To Script The Devil In The White City For Leonardo DiCaprio

Leonardo DiCaprio has spent almost his entire career playing the protagonist, but it seems that he's ready for a change. Next Christmas he will star in Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained as the sadistic, evil slaveowner Calvin Candie and last November he signed on to play HH Holmes in the adaptation of Erik Larson's novel The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic And Madness At The Fair That Changed America. But while the former film is ready to get underway, the latter is still in development... but today it took a huge step towards getting made.

Deadline reports that Graham Moore has been hired by Warner Bros. to write the script for The Devil in the White City. Moore has been gaining heat recently, as his script The Imitation Game sold to WB for seven figures and was one of the film's on the recently announced Black List (a list of the most popular, unproduced scripts released in a given year). DiCaprio is still attached to play Holmes, a man describes as a "19th century Hannibal Lecter." Set in Chicago during the World’s Fair of 1893, the story, which is based on true events, follows the killer as he establishes The World’s Fair Hotel, a place where he can seduce young single women and murder them. While it's unknown exactly how many people Holmes killed, the numbers fall somewhere in between four and 200.

Perhaps playing J. Edgar Hoover, who was a bastard in his own right, awoken something DiCaprio that made him feel he wanted to live in the villains skin for awhile. If that's true, it's a good thing he has this whole "acting career" thing going - prevents him from stalking the streets and killing people in real life.

Eric Eisenberg
Eric Eisenberg

NJ native who calls LA home; lives in a Dreamatorium. A decade-plus CinemaBlend veteran; endlessly enthusiastic about the career he’s dreamt of since seventh grade.