There once was a man named Frédéric Bourdin. Desperate to fill the voids in his life, he hit the road and lived not as himself, but as a number of different identities. But they weren't just figments of his imagination. No matter what his age, he specialized in orphans and young people, daring to even take on the identity of three missing children. In fact, Bourdin was so skilled -- at mimicry or maybe just preying on desperation -- that he even managed to convince one American family that he was their son, even with a French accent and the wrong color eyes.

This is the sort of story that is just ripe for Hollywood, and low and behold, it has inspired a feature film called The Chameleon, which has just released a long, 5-minute trailer. Jean-Paul Salomé's English-language debut stars Marc-André Grondin (star of the excellent C.R.A.Z.Y., and also making his English debut) as Bourdin, who passes himself off as the missing son of Ellen Barkin and sister of Emilie de Ravin, while an FBI agent (Famke Janssen) tries to prove that he's not who he says he is. Although he's hunted by the fuzz, things go alright until his "brother" (Nick Stahl) comes around and reveals that the boy he's claiming to be is dead. D'oh.

While Grondin proved his talents in C.R.A.Z.Y., Chameleon is definitely giving him the room to expand and test the waters with something a lot meatier. And of course, it's always nice to see Stahl get a juicy gig, since he continues to exist under the radar, even after T3, Carnivale, and Sin City. Check out the trailer after the jump.