Watch Adrien Brody in ‘Houdini’ trailer

History Channel miniseries to air this autumn

Adrien Brody stars as the infamous escapologist and illusionist Houdini in a History Channel miniseries set to air this autumn. A new feature trailer has been released online.

Born as Erich Weiss in 1874, Houdini would go on to cheat death and captivate audiences with daring escape acts like The Upside Down Water Torture Cell.

“The two-night scripted miniseries Houdini follows the epic tales of Harry Houdini as he emerges as America’s first bonafide world-renowned superstar. From humble beginnings at circus sideshows to sold-out concert halls, Eastern European immigrant Erich Weiss rose to become a household name across the globe – Houdini.

Academy Award® winner Adrien Brody (The Pianist) stars as The Great Harry Houdini as he finds fame, engages in espionage, battles spiritualists and encounters the greatest names of the era, from U.S. presidents to Arthur Conan Doyle and Rasputin.

A thrilling ride throughout Harry’s psyche, Houdini delves deep behind the curtain into his life through his stunts, his visions and his mastery of illusion. Joining Brody is Kristen Connolly (House of Cards, The Cabin the Woods) as Bess Houdini, the love of Harry’s life and right hand when it came to some of his most amazing feats, and Evan Jones (A Million Ways to Die in the West) as Jim Collins, Harry’s assistant and confidant.”

Houdini hits small screens in America in September with a UK air date yet to be announced.