History channel’s new miniseries Houdini, will star Adrien Brody (The Pianist) and Kristen Connolly (House Of Cards, The Cabin In The Woods).
The network announced that they have the green light to start production of the four part miniseries in the fall. Brody will play the famous magician, while Connolly is to play his wife, Bess.
According to the announcement the series will cover Houdini’s life, from a state of poverty to fame and fortune that came with his incredible performances.
Houdini, is produced by Lionsgate and A&E Studios for the History Channel.
The magician’s life is not limited to tricks on a stage with a hat and rabbit. He was involved in unimaginable escape performances, battles with spiritualists, and even espionage.
Houdini has meetings with some of the most famous names of the 20th century. He encounters American Presidents and Russian mystic, Rasputin.
The History Channel continues to present great viewing television after successful runs in early 2013 with The Bible and the historical drama Vikings.
“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,’” said Dirk Hoogstra, EVP and General Manager, History. “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.”
Kevin Beggs, president of Lionsgate television group said it’s “exciting to be working with History, Adrien and producing partners on Houdini.”
“We’re also delighted to be expanding Lionsgate’s overall relationship with A+E Networks.” Beggs added.
Adrien Brody seems equally excited saying that Harry Houdini was one of his childhood heroes.
“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.” Brody stated.
No release date has been announced for Houdini on History Channel. Stay tuned.