Matt Damon is certainly keeping busy; having headlined Suburbicon and Downsizing at this month’s Venice Film Festival, the actor is swiftly moving onto his next project, signing on to Kimberly Steward‘s Charlatan as both actor and producer.
He’ll star as real-life 20th century doctor (but not really a doctor) John R. Brinkley, who conned his patients into thinking he had found the cure to male impotence. Instead, he had been conducting bogus operations by which he implanted goat testicles in his patients. He still amassed great fame and wealth in his life, though lost it all to botched procedures and lawsuits.
Brian Koppelman and David Levien (Ocean’s Thirteen) adapt the screenplay from the best selling non-fiction book Charlatan: American’s Most Dangerous Huckster, the Man Who Pursued Him, and the Age of Flimflam, by Pope Brock. It is the second collaboration between Damon and Steward, who helped take Manchester By The Sea to Oscar glory.