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Matt Damon set to star in and produce Charlatan: America’s Most Dangerous Huckster

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Story by Jack Foley

MATT Damon is set to star in and produce an adaptation of non-fiction book Charlatan: America’s Most Dangerous Huckster, the Man Who Pursued Him, and the Age of Flimflam.

The actor would play John R. Brinkley, a con man from Kansas who set up a medical practice in the 1920s and introduced an outlandish surgical method using goat glands to reverse impotence in local farmers.

He became America’s richest and most famous surgeon.

Pope Brock’s book was first published in 2008 and became a critical hit. Despite being set in the 20s, its themes remain relevant in an age of false medical claims and miracle cures.

Brian Koppelman and David Levien, the writing duo behind Ocean’s Thirteen, are adapting the screenplay, which is being viewed as a star vehicle by Damon.

The actor is currently riding high off the critical acclaim and Oscar buzz being generated by his two latest movies: George Clooney’s Suburbicon and Alexander Payne’s Downsizing, both of which are expected to be part of the forthcoming awards season.

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