Keanu Reeves has exited Hulu’s series adaptation of “The Devil in the White City,” Variety reports.
Hulu ordered an eight-episode limited series for the drama in August 2022.
The 2003 book tells the true story of two men, an architect and a serial killer, whose fates were forever linked by The Chicago World’s Fair of 1893. It follows Daniel H. Burnham, a brilliant and fastidious architect racing to make his mark on the world and Henry H. Holmes, a handsome and cunning doctor who fashioned his own pharmaceutical “Murder Castle” on fair grounds – a palace built to seduce, torture and mutilate young women. The story takes the viewer on a tour of murder, romance and mystery in the gilded age.
Reeves was attached to play Burnham in the project and also serve as an executive producer. According to Variety, a search is on to replace the actor. No other cast has been announced yet.
Hulu announced the project in 2019 as a big-budget series with DiCaprio and Scorsese exec producing alongside Rick Yorn, Emma Koskoff, Jennifer Davisson and Stacey Sher. Todd Field is set to direct the first two episodes of the limited series.
Castle Rock and Manhattan creator Sam Shaw is working on the adaptation.
It’s from ABC Signature in Association with Paramount Television Studios.
It was previously thought that filming would begin in March 2023 in Chicago, however, it’s unknown if that will still hold true.