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Matt Damon to Play Real-Life Con Man in ‘CHARLATAN’

September 19, 2017

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Matt Damon will star in the upcoming film CHARLATAN, starring a real-life figure John R. Brinkley, who conned thousands of people in the early 20th century with a classic snake oil pitch.

Based on the 2008 book titled “Charlatan: America’s Most Dangerous Huckster, the Man Who Pursued Him, and the Age of Filmflam” by Pope Brock, is described as the following:

In 1917, John R. Binkley-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 filmflam.

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.

Damon will also produce alongside Kimberly Steward. The duo previously collaborated on Manchester by the Sea. Brian Koppelman and David Levien will write the adaption.

This isn’t the only project revolving around John R. Brinkley, as director Richard Linklater and star Robert Downey Jr. have teamed up.

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