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.”