Director Ben Affleck to Star in Argo, Also

It pays to be the director — you get to cast yourself in the lead. Hey, it works for Clint Eastwood. Which is what Ben Affleck has done for his next film “Argo”, his follow-up to his Award-winning “The Town”.

Affleck will direct and play “Tony Mendez, the CIA exfiltration expert who created a fake Hollywood production to get six Americans who were hiding out at the Canadian ambassador’s out of Iran.”

Also in the cast are Alan Arkin and John Goodman, with George Clooney and Grant Heslov (“The Men Who Stare at Goats”) producing.

“Argo” will be based on an April 2007 Wired magazine article by Joshuah Bearman, which revealed the true story of how the CIA rescued six U.S. diplomats who’d been taken hostage at the American embassy by a group of Iranians in 1979. The CIA’s ruse involved the explanation that the six hostages were actually a Hollywood film crew scouting a movie titled “Argo,” and using those fake identities, they were able to flee the country.

Affleck will make “Argo” his next film, after which he’s hopping onto the thriller “Tell No One”.