Movie star Adrien Brody has seen no small amount of success during his career, even boasting an Academy Award for Best Actor.  But now it looks like the man will be making a brief move to television with History’s production of a miniseries based on the life of famous master escapist, Harry Houdini.

The story will revolve around the transformation of Houdini from living in poverty to achieving some of the greatest fame that any of his time would know, detailing the highlights of this man’s rather eventful life.  Brody will, naturally, be taking on the role of Harry while Kristen Connolly (The Cabin in the Woods) will portray Bess, AKA Mrs. Houdini.  Uli Edel will direct and Nicholas Meyer (Star Trek II, IV and VI) will be putting together the script.

So why would Brody choose to make the oft-undesirable transition from movies to television?  Well, here’s what he had to say about taking on this iconic role:

“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.”

Well, good luck Mr. Brody.  I may even sit down and check this one out, whenever it happens to air.


Thanks to Hollywood Reporter for the heads-up.

Category: TV