Alan Arkin is the first cast member to sign on for Ben Affleck’s “Argo” at Warner Bros. Pictures reports Variety.
Based on Joshuah Bearman’s 2007 Wired magazine article, the wryly humoured political thriller centers on how, during the occupation of the American embassy by Iranians in 1979, a rescue effort was mounted by the CIA and the Canadian government to extract six U.S. diplomats.
The CIA used a disguise expert and concocted a scenario that involved the six being a Hollywood crew scouting a sci-fi movie titled “Argo:. Under those disguises, and with the help of artwork by legendary comics creator Jack Kirby, they were able to flee the country.
Arkin will portray a Hollywood movie producer named Lester Siegel, who is also an O.S.S. veteran described as a cross between a rabbi and a bookie.
Chris Terrio wrote the screenplay while David Klawans, George Clooney and Grant Heslov are producing.