Janssen & Barkin Do The Chameleon
Duo star in psychological thriller
Next time you're stuck in a passport renewal queue, consider the plight of Frédéric Bourdin, a man who changed his identity a grand total of 39 times in little more than 20 years. Based on a New Yorker article published as recently as August, Bourdin's extraordinary story is being brough to the screen in The Chameleon, director Jean-Paul Salomé's English language debut, with Marc-Andre Grondin (Che Part 2) appearing as the slippery Frenchman.
Salomé (Female Agents), who also co-wrote the script, will focus on one of Bourdin's adopted identities, Nicholas Barclay, the missing son of a Texan family, as whom he resurfaced in 1997, claiming to have escaped from a child prostitution ring. With the plot carrying shades of The Changeling, the film has a particularly strong female cast with Ellen Barkin playing the mother and Famke Janssen as the FBI agent hot on Bourdin's heels.