Ian McShane as a young Frederick Law Olmstead.
As A/N Blog's Alan G. Brake pointed out today, the upcoming Devil in the White City movie adaptation is currently being cast - with Leonardo DiCaprio already signed on as the book's charming serial killer H.H. Holmes. A/N Blog wondered: who would play the other lead characters, namely, Daniel Burnham and (secondarily) Frederick Law Olmstead?
We've been wracking our brains all day, but we need your help: who would it be?
Obviously, the facial hair issue is a major one, prompting a Twitter follower to suggest comedian Zach Galifianakis. E-I-C Kelsey Keith also has a few suggestions. Check 'em out and tell us yours.
Zach Galifianakis as Daniel Burnham.
In the book, Daniel Burnham is a stand-up guy -- suffering largely in silence through the schedule and budgetary torture of the rushed, massively unplanned Columbian Exposition. He writes long letters home to his wife, whom he seems to miss terribly, about the process.
Albert Finney as an older Olmstead.
Frederick Law Olmstead, the legendary landscape architect who handled both the landscaping of the Fair and more famously, designed Central Park, was much older than Burnham. In comparison to Burnham's Atlas-like perserverence through the grueling months prior to the Exposition, Olmstead underwent serious physical and emotional traumas during the process - leading us to think his character would be better played by an aging gentlemen with a really good sad face.
Robert Downey Jr. as the creator of the Ferris Wheel, George Washington Gale Ferris, Jr.
January Jones could play the first girl that H.H. Holmes murders in the book, right?
Tell us who you think should play the two greats! Tweet us @Architizer or comment!