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Ellen Barkin and Famke Janssen Join The Chameleon

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February 16, 2009

Ellen Barkin and Famke Janssen

Unfortunately The Chameleon isn't a new superhero. No, it's a psychological thriller based on the real Frederic Bourdin, a "con-artist" of sorts who has assumed at least 39 identities, 3 of them missing teens. Like Clint Eastwood's Changeling, the story is about a reunion of a young man with his family after being positively identified in an unsolved missing-persons case. The reunion turns bittersweet when suspicions arise about whether he really is their son. French director Jean-Paul Salomé will be making his English-language debut and has hired Marc-Andre Grondin for the lead as well as Ellen Barkin and Famke Janssen.

The script for The Chameleon was written by director Jean Paul Salome and Natalie Carter. The project was inspired by an article in the New Yorker titled "The Chameleon: The Many Lives of Frederic Bourdin". Grondin will play the son, Barkin will play the mom, and Janssen will play an FBI agent. Nick Stahl and Emilie de Ravin also star. The project is being developed independently and being sold by ICM, so expect it to either show at film fests or be picked up before actually hitting theaters. Although this has an interesting concept, because of Changeling, it's not going to get very far. However, we'll be keeping our eye on it.

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Reader Feedback - 7 Comments

1

It seems interesting.

Fisherr on Feb 17, 2009

2

Way too similar to CHANGELING to be intrested in unless there is some twist that we aren't aware about like the FBI Agent thinks they made the mistake while the mother thinks its really her child or the kid knows it isn't her mother but is lying. IDK.

Ryan on Feb 17, 2009

3

Famke is so gorgeous and capable, its unbelievable she doesnt get more acting roles

Voice of Reason on Feb 17, 2009

4

Ryan i think you're probably right from what i've read / heard from people who say the filming Famke Janssen's FBI agent seems convinced that he is a fake and is out to get him and find the real missing kid. Emilie De Ravin is probably his love interest or something as she was seen filming with Famke and Marc in a scene where Famke's character was undercover and had him cornered and De Ravin's character was helping him escape..

T on Feb 17, 2009

5

oh, when I saw the title I just assumed it was in response to how both these women look like guys.

Frank on Feb 17, 2009

6

it is being filmed in front of my neighborhood as we speek!!! soooo cool! im in louisiana, so this is big! lol

kimberly nail on Feb 18, 2009

7

ill post more if i find out more!!

kimberly nail on Feb 18, 2009

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