February 17, 2009 / 5:37 AM / 10 years ago

Thriller "Chameleon" lures trio of actors

Host Ellen Barkin arrives to attend the 2007 CFDA Fashion Awards in New York June 4, 2007. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - French-Canadian actor Marc-Andre Grondin, Ellen Barkin and Famke Janssen will star in “The Chameleon,” a psychological thriller based on a true story.

The film was inspired by a profile in the New Yorker, “The Chameleon: The Many Lives of Frederic Bourdin.” Bourdin assumed at least 39 identities, three of them missing teens.

As the central character, Grondin, who appeared in the Canadian film “C.R.A.Z.Y.” and in Steven Soderbergh’s “Che,” is making his English-language debut, as is the feature’s director, French filmmaker Jean-Paul Salome.

The script, written by Salome and Natalie Carter, revolves around the reunion of a young man and his family after he’s identified in an unsolved missing-persons case. But suspicions arise over whether he really is their son.

Barkin will play the mom, and Janssen is an FBI agent. Nick Stahl and Emilie de Ravin also star.

Editing by Sheri Linden at Reuters

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