Ben Affleck to direct himself in ‘Argo’

Ben Affleck will star in the Warner Bros. political thriller “Argo,” which he is also directing.

According to Variety, George Clooney and Grant Heslov are producing through their Smoke House shingle along with David Klawans.

The film is based on a “Wired” magazine article by Joshuah Bearman, published in 2007 and titled “How the CIA Used a Fake Sci-Fi Flick to Rescue Americans from Tehran.”

Chris Terrio wrote the screenplay.

The film is set during the occupation of the American embassy by Iranians in 1979. A joint rescue effort was organized by the CIA and the Canadian government to extract six U.S. diplomats.

The CIA used a disguise expert named Tony Mendez (Affleck) and came up with a scenario that involved the six diplomats being part of a Hollywood crew scouting a big-budget Hollywood epic titled “Argo,” that enabled them to flee the country.

Alan Arkin and John Goodman are in talks to join the cast as Hollywood producer Lester Siegel and Oscar-winning makeup artist John Chambers, respectively.

Affleck directed and starred in last year’s critically acclaimed “The Town.”
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