Matt Damon to play conman doctor in ‘Charlatan’
Oscar winner Matt Damon has boarded a fresh project, penned by Brian Koppelman and David Levien, the writing duo behind “Ocean’s Thirteen”.
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.
Damon would play Brinkley, who set up a medical practice in the 1920s and introduced an outlandish surgical method using goat glands to reverse impotence in local farmers, making his fortune as a result.
The movie will also mark another collaboration for Damon as a producer with K Period Media’s Kimberly Steward, who worked with him behind-the-camera on the Oscar-winning drama “Manchester by the Sea”. Damon’s Pearl Street Films partner Jennifer Todd will co-produce, reports Variety. JB
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