Variety is reporting that Keanu Reeves has left Devil in the White City, the upcoming Hulu series adaptation of the 2003 historical thriller novel by Erik Larson.
The adaptation, which just got a series order this past August, has been in development at Hulu since 2019. Reeves was set to play leading man Daniel H. Burnham, whose role would have made for Reeves’ first lead role in a major U.S. TV project.
The Devil in the White City centers around two characters at the Chicago World’s Fair of 1893: Daniel H. Burnham, a brilliant and fastidious architect who’s racing to make his mark on the world; and Dr. Henry H. Holmes, a handsome and cunning doctor who’s secretly a serial killer that seduces, tortures, and mutilates young women in his own castle.
The series adaptation is being written and executive produced by Sam Shaw, who is also set as the showrunner. The project was first announced in 2019, with Leonardo DiCaprio and Martin Scorsese serving as executive producers.