The History Channel is looking to continue its hot streak of successful miniseries with a four-hour project based on famous magician Harry Houdini.
“Houdini,” announced by the network on Monday (Aug. 19), will star Oscar winner Adrien Brody at the title character. Brody had been attached to the project since it was in the development stage. He will be joined by Kristen Connolly (“House of Cards”) as Houdini’s wife, Bess.
The four hours will follow the arc of Houdini’s life from desperate poverty to his eventual worldwide fame. Filming on the mini is due to begin this fall.
“It’s not magic that History has established a strong track record with its high-quality historical dramas from quality auspices,” History’s EVP and general manager Dirk Hoogstra says. “We’re excited to build on that tremendous momentum with ‘Houdini.”
After the monster success the network reached on both “Hatfields & McCoys” and “The Bible,” History will next air the four-hour “Bonnie & Clyde,” which it shares with sibling network Lifetime.
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