When they’re not covering Pawn Stars, Swamp People and American Pickers, the History Channel dabbles in the exploration of our past. The channel has been home to a handful of successful miniseries like Hatfields & McCoys and The Bible, both of which have received slews of accolades for their stellar storytelling. The two series gave History Channel some of their highest ratings of all-time, and with another blockbuster miniseries in Bonnie & Clyde coming up, the network aims to strike gold yet again with their upcoming series based on the life of Houdini.
Deadline reports the History Channel recently greenlit a four-hour Houdini miniseries starring Adrien Brody as the iconic magician. Brody will be joined by Kristen Connolly (House of Cards), playing the role of Bess—Houdini’s wife. The miniseries will follow Houdini’s life from his humble beginnings to his rise to worldwide fame.
The series will be directed by Oscar nominee Uli Edel (The Baader Meinhof Complex) and produced by Gerald W. Abrams (Nuremberg, Modern Marvels) and Andras Hamori (Sunshine).
“It’s not magic that History has established a strong track record with its high-quality historical dramas from quality auspices,” said History Channel’s Executive Vice President Dirk Hoogstra. “The Great Harry Houdini is a fascinating man in history and I have no doubt that Adrien Brody will bring the magician’s riveting story to life for our audience.”