History channel has been gathering a lot of attention with their new inclusion of a few scripted series on the network. Vikings and Hatfields & McCoys proved to be successful ways of increasing viewership. One of the main reasons behind their success could be because of the stars who have been cast as main roles in both series. It has been announced by History channel that Adrien Brody (King Kong, The Pianist) will be playing Harry Houdini in a new mini-series that will encompass Houdini’s rise to fame as a master magician and escape artist.
“It’s not magic that HISTORY has established a strong track record with its high-quality historical dramas from quality auspices,” said History’s Dirk Hoogstra in the announcement. “We’re excited to build on that tremendous momentum with ‘Houdini.’ The Great Harry Houdini is a fascinating man in history and I have no doubt that Adrien Brody will bring the magician’s riveting story to life for our audience.” “Since my childhood, when I dreamed of being a great magician, Harry Houdini has been one of my heroes,” Brody added. “His bravery and obsessive determination still fascinate me. Houdini mastered the art of escape — not only from physical chains, but from poverty and the social constraints of a humble immigrant origin. His life story appeals to the universal longing for acceptance with which we all can identify. To portray him is beyond an honor.”
The series will be directed by Uli Edel and produced by Lionsgate and A&E Studios, but unfortunately we will have to wait a little bit since production will not begin till the fall.
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