Ben Affleck may have been mostly shunned from this year’s round of Oscar nominations for his work on the crime thriller “The Town” (hey, he’s in good company; so was Christopher Nolan), but the writer/director is very much in demand nowadays. (He was said to have famously turned down an offer to direct the Superman reboot, which eventually went to Zack Snyder.) Instead, Affleck has signed on to direct “Argo” with George Clooney set to star.
Project centers on how the CIA, with help from Hollywood and the Canadian embassy, used a fake movie project to smuggle six Americans out of Tehran during the 1979 hostage crisis.
The ruse, concocted by CIA operative Tony Mendez, involved launching Studio Six Prods. to rescue the six diplomats who were hiding in the Canadian embassy. The Americans used disguises to pretend they were Canadians on a scouting trip for a big-budget Hollywood epic, titled “Argo.”
The film was developed in 2007 by Clooney and Grant Heslov, who directed Clooney in 2009’s “The Men Who Stare at Goats”. You probably don’t recognize the name, but you’ve probably seen the face before — Heslov’s had plenty of supporting roles, usually as the token Middle Eastern guy, in various Hollywood movies, including James Cameron’s “True Lies”.
Clooney, we assume, will play Mendez.