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Adrien Brody to star in The History Channel’s miniseries HOUDINI

Posted on April 11, 2013 at 7:46 am by David "Snackbar" Edmundson


With the enormous success of The Bible and Hatfields & McCoys, The History Channel is currently working on a miniseries project tentatively called Houdini, with Adrien Brody (The Pianist) signed on to play the iconic magician and performer. Gerald Abrams (Modern Marvels), father of J.J. Abrams, is on board to produce the series. Although not much has been announced about the show, EW says it will depict Houdini’s rags-to-riches story as a magic man and stunt performer at the turn of the 20th century. Houdini’s release date is still TBA.

Brody will next appear in Wes Anderson’s Grand Budapest Hotel, which in true Anderson fashion is star packed with Bill Murray, Jeff Goldblum, Jason Schwartzmann, Jude Law, and Ralph Fiennes among many more.

Quick bio for Houdini:

Harry Houdini was an American stunt performer, noted for his sensational escape acts. He first attracted notice as “Harry Handcuff Houdini” on a tour of Europe, where he sensationally challenged different police forces to try to keep him locked up. This revealed a talent for gimmickry and for audience involvement that characterized all his work. Soon he extended his repertoire to include chains, ropes slung from skyscrapers, straitjackets under water, and having to hold his breath inside a sealed milk can.

In 1904, thousands watched as he tried to escape from special handcuffs commissioned by London’s Daily Mirror, keeping them in suspense for an hour. Another stunt saw him buried alive and only just able to claw himself to the surface, emerging in a state of near-breakdown. While many suspected that these escapes were fabricated, Houdini meanwhile presented himself as the scourge of fake magicians and spiritualists. As President of the Society of American Magicians, he was keen to uphold professional standards and expose fraudulent artists who gave practitioners a bad name.

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