Malkovich will play Stanley Kubrick impersonator. He'll star as a real-life impostor who passed himself off as the ''Eyes Wide Shut'' director

By Gary Susman
Updated June 17, 2003 at 04:00 AM EDT

Despite having made such cinema staples as ”2001: A Space Odyssey” and ”The Shining,” Stanley Kubrick was a famously reclusive director, so it’s no wonder that few members of the public knew what he looked like. He certainly did not look like John Malkovich — which is why Malkovich is ideal to star in ”Color Me Kubrick,” an upcoming comedy based on a true story about a Kubrick impostor.

The impostor looked nothing like Kubrick either, but he took advantage of the director’s relative anonymity to pass himself off as the filmmaker in order to score tables at fancy restaurants and crash exclusive parties and nightclubs. While the faux Kubrick was making the scene in 1998 and ’99, the real Kubrick was in seclusion, making ”Eyes Wide Shut” with Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman; he died at 70 shortly before the film’s 1999 release.

Now, according to the Hollywood Reporter, Malkovich has signed on to play the impostor in ”Color,” which is the product of two of the real Kubrick’s associates. Anthony Frewin, Kubrick’s longtime personal assistant, wrote the screenplay, and Brian Cook, a crew member on ”Eyes,” will direct. At least, we think it’s the real Brian Cook.