Matt Damon to Star as a Con-Man Doctor in Biopic Charlatan

Posted 2017/09/20 0 0

The actor will star as a doctor making false promises in Charlatan.


Matt Damon, who stars in two fall films with awards-season hopes, George Clooney's Suburbicon and Alexander Payne's Downsizing would play a con-man doctor in the drama “Charlatan,” Variety has learned. The film, an adaptation of Pope Brock’s 2008 nonfiction book “Charlatan: America’s Most Dangerous Huckster, the Man Who Pursued Him, and the Age of Flimflam”, will recount the story of John R. Brinkley, a real-life 20th century doctor who conned his patients into thinking that he had discovered the cure to impotence. Here’s the book synopsis:

In 1917, John R. Brinkley–America’s most brazen con man–introduced an outlandish surgical method for restoring fading male virility.

It was all nonsense, but thousands of eager customers quickly made “Dr.” Brinkley one of America’s richest men–and a national celebrity. The great quack buster Morris Fishbein vowed to put the country’ s “most daring and dangerous” charlatan out of business, yet each effort seemed only to spur Brinkley to new heights of ingenuity, and the worlds of advertising, broadcasting, and politics soon proved to be equally fertile grounds for his potent brand of flimflam.

Culminating in a decisive courtroom confrontation, Charlatan is a marvelous portrait of a boundlessly audacious rogue on the loose in an America ripe for the bamboozling.

The excellent duo of Brian Koppelman and David Levien (“Ocean’s Thirteen,” “Billions,” “Rounders“). Damon’s Pearl Street Films partner Jennifer Todd will co-produce, reports Variety. There's no director attached yet, and the film already has some potential competition – Robert Downey Jr. and his company are developing a take on the tale based on the Man Of The People episode of the podcast Reply All.

Damon has Suburbicon landing on 24 November and will be seen in Alexander Payne's Downsizing, due 19 January.