According to Variety, Johnny Depp is in talks to step into the legendary shoes of iconic magician Harry Houdini in an upcoming film for Lionsgate. The film, titled The Secret Life of Houdini: The Making of America’s First Superhero (for now), is based on the 2007 biography of the same name, which was written by William Kalush and Larry Sloman.

The book tells the tale of Houdini’s life, from his 1874 birth in Hungary to his death on Halloween 1926. In addition to his magical exploits, the biography delves into Houdini’s alleged life as a spy for Scotland Yard and his run-ins with a spiritualist cult. The movie will likely have more of an action/adventure slant than the book, especially with Dean Parisot (Red 2) signed on as the director.

[via Variety]