Victorian killer Leonardo DiCaprio

November 2nd, 2010

Leonardo DiCaprio is to play a Victorian serial killer in a new movie.

The 'Shutter Island' star is to play Dr. H H Holmes in 'The Devil In The White City', which is based on the non-fiction novel of the same name.

Holmes famously posed as a doctor as a front for his murderous intents and used the Chicago World's Fair - build by architect Daniel H. Burnham - in 1893 to dice up his victims in the Murder Castle attraction, killing between 27 and 200 people.

Leonardo will also produce the film through his production company Appian Way alongside Double Features.

His business partner Jennifer Killoran said: "This is truly a one-of-its-kind American story about our nation's first serial killer. We're exited to bring it to the big screen.

"I think that a guy who is that intelligent and that charismatic is nothing less than complex, and it's that complexity that Leonardo is drawn to."

Leonardo had previously lost out to the rights of the book in 2002 when Tom Cruise teamed with Kathryn Bigelow to adapt the tome.

He attempted to set up a rival project using information in the public domain, but neither movie made it into production.

Shooting dates or other casting information for the film are not yet known.