Adrien Brody is set to play Houdini in a miniseries for cable network History.

The Oscar-winner will play the legendary illusionist in the four-episode series, alongside Kristen Connolly who will play his wife Bess.

The series will follow the man behind the magic, as it tracks the arc of Houdini's life from desperate poverty to worldwide fame, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Brody said of the role: “Since my childhood, when I dreamed of being a great magician, Harry Houdini has been one of my heroes. His bravery and obsessive determination still fascinate me.

"Houdini mastered the art of escape -- not only from physical chains, but from poverty and the social constraints of a humble immigrant origin. His life story appeals to the universal longing for acceptance with which we all can identify. To portray him is beyond an honour.”

Uli Edel will direct the project from a script by Nicholas Meyer, with production scheduled to begin this autumn.