Adrien Brody To Play Escape Artist Houdini in History Mini

Adrien Brody (inset) will play the great Harry Houdini in a new History Channel miniseries (Photos: Getty Images)

History Channel is preparing another history-based miniseries — this time a four-hour production on the life of Harry Houdini, with Adrien Brody playing the master illusionist and escape artist.

History made the announcement on Monday: Production will commence this fall on the miniseries for which no prospective airdate was provided.

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Brody will star along with Kristen Connolly, who will play Houdini’s wife, Bess. Uli Edel is on board to direct the miniseries, which is a co-production of A&E Networks, parent company of History Channel, and Lionsgate Television.

In a prepared statement, Brody waxed enthusiastic about playing the entertainment legend who lived from 1874 to 1926. “Since my childhood, when I dreamed of being a great magician, Harry Houdini has been one of my heroes,” Brody said.

“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 miniseries — titled simply “Houdini” — is the latest in a growing list of fact-based miniseries and limited series on History, including Kevin Costner’s “Hatfields & McCoys” and “Vikings.”

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