Well, if The Revenant doesn't work out for him, Leonardo DiCaprio already has a backup plan For Your Consideration. According to Deadline, the still not Academy Award-winning actor is for the sixth time teaming up with Martin Scorsese, this time for a role that will see him as a sophisticated serial killer, of the sort that finally got Anthony Hopkins his only Oscar.
Paramount has just closed a deal for the rights for Scorsese and DiCaprio to adapt The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America, Erik Larson's 2003 nonfiction book that bounced between the tales of Daniel H. Burnham, the architect behind the 1893 Chicago World's Fair, and H. H. Holmes, the nut who ran a World's Fair-adjacent inn specifically designed for murderin'. DiCaprio will play Holmes, who confessed to 27 murders but may have committed nearly four times that in his dastardly hotel, which he had outfitted with asphyxiating gas lines, a crematorium, and a dissection table where he would strip the flesh from his victims to sell as medical skeletons. Nowadays, though, you likely better know Holmes as the inspiration and mascot for Motel 6.