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Leonardo DiCaprio arrives for the premiere of Inception on July 13 at Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Los Angeles. DiCaprio's next film role is H.H. Holmes. ((Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images))

Leonardo DiCaprio has landed a killer role in his next film project.

The actor is set to produce the film, in which he will play the murderous H.H. Holmes in an adaptation of Erik Larson's The Devil in the White City. The New York Times bestseller has sold 2.3 million copies and has been published in 17 languages.

DiCaprio's character builds the World's Fair Hotel in Chicago and customizes the building into a killing machine. The book also follows Daniel H. Burnham, the architect behind the 1893 fair.

Holmes was believed to have killed up to 200 people, printed ads enticing women to the hotel before subjecting them to a dissecting table, gas chamber and crematorium. Holmes's charisma and charm kept him from getting caught.

Other Hollywood personalities have been attached to the adaptation in the past, including The Hurt Locker director Kathryn Bigelow, and Tom Cruise and Paula Wagner.

The adaptation has no financing or studio behind it yet, although DiCaprio's production company, Appian Way, has teamed up with Double Feature Films to work on the project.