Adrien Brody, his nose, and Kristen Connolly (also known as the adorable actress Joss Whedon cast in The Cabin in the Woods) have been officially set to star in a new miniseries from History. The four-hour scripted drama called, “Houdini,” will follow the life of the famed magician from desperate poverty to worldwide fame. Brody will play the performer while Connolly will play his wife, Bess.
Before David Blaine and David Copperfield, there was one man whose name was synonymous with being the master of illusion and escape – Harry Houdini. “Houdini” follows the man behind the magic as he finds fame, engages in espionage, battles spiritualists and encounters the greatest names of the era, from U.S. presidents to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Grigori Rasputin. The drama will chronicle the life of a man who can defy death through his stunts, his visions and his mastery of illusion.
Dirk Hoogstra, EVP and General Manager, History, said,
“It’s not magic that History has established a strong track record with its high-quality historical dramas from quality auspices. 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.”
Brody also spoke out about signing on for the role. He said,
“Since my childhood, when I dreamed of being a great magician, Harry Houdini has been one of my heroes. 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.”
“Houdini” will begin production this fall. It will be co-produced for History by Lionsgate and A+E Studios.