Robert Downey Jr. and wife Susan Downey are producing a white collar FBI movie based on the nonfiction book Chasing Phil: The World's Greatest Con Man, Two Undercover FBI Agents, and Their Amazing Around The World Adventure for Warner Bros, which recently bought the film rights to the book proposal by David Howard.
The couple will be producing via their company Team Downey. There is also a possibility that RDJ may act in the feature, playing Phil Kitzer, the charismatic mastermind behind a large number of multi-million dollar schemes, like selling worthless securities from fake offshore organizations. Kitzer's network of associates, dubbed, "The Fraternity," are depicted as well. The film tells the true story of the FBI's first foray into fighting white collar crime, centering on two FBI agents who infiltrate Kitzer's world.
If Downey decides to play the role, the question is, will it be difficult for audiences to accept the likable actor as a villainous character? According to The Wrap, "The role of Phil Kitzer will be tailored for Downey, who typically plays the charismatic hero in big studio movies."
David Gambino, who produced Downey's critically acclaimed 2014 courtroom drama The Judge, is on board as a producer, alongside the Downeys.
Robert Downey Jr. is currently filming the highly anticipated Captain America: Civil War, in which he reprises the role of Iron Man. There are also reports that the actor will return to another popular character, Sherlock Holmes, for the next installment of that franchise.
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