Just when I thought that Adrien Brody couldn't get any cooler, he goes and gets cast as Harry Houdini.
The Academy Award winner for Best Actor for 'The Pianist,' who also recently played Dali in Woody Allen's 'Midnight in Paris,' will be playing Harry Houdini, master escape artist, in an upcoming miniseries for History Channel. History is developing a multi-hour limited series about the life of Houdini, world-traveler, adventurer, magician, escape artist, son, husband, lover.
The working title for the miniseries is simply 'Houdini,' however the ink on this deal remains fresh and many aspects of the project could alter in development. The arc of the project traces the story of the turn-of-the-20th-century master magician’s life from desperate poverty to worldwide fame.
Gerald W. Abrams, producer of 'Modern Marvels' and father of 'Star Trek Into Darkness' director J. J. Abrams, is attached to produce the project. Brody is a major coup for History Channel and for any television project; ever since winning the Academy Award for 'The Pianist,' Brody has carefully selected his projects out of an actor's interest, or a particular desire to work with a certain filmmaker (such as his starring role in legendary filmmaker Dario Argento's 'Giallo' in 2009).
Harry Houdini travelled the globe performing daring escapes, for the Tsar of Russia, the masses of Paris, to escaping the gaols of London, England. The famed magician was also one of the first men to ever fly in an aeroplane as well as an explorer of the occult, exposing fraudulent mediums not out of spite, but in effort to find a "true" spiritual medium so that he may communicate with his deceased mother. The stories of Houdini's life could fill several feature-length films; it remains to be seen which adventures get included in History's 'Houdini.'