Ben Affleck is set to both direct and star in the WW2 tale “Ghost Army” for Universal Pictures.
The story deals with a secret U.S. Army unit of 1100 troops that was set up in 1944 and operated until 1945 in the final stages of World War II. Said unit consisted of numerous visual artists and designers who used a combination of different tricks to convince the enemy of the presence of specific Army units that weren’t there – from inflatable rubber tanks and jeeps, to loudspeakers playing recordings of troop activity.
The project is an adaptation of Rick Beyer and Elizabeth Sayles’ novel “The Ghost Army of World War II” and the Netflix documentary “Ghost Army”. Nic Pizzolatto (“True Detective”) penned the latest draft of an earlier script by Henry Gayden (“Shazam!”).
Affleck and Andrew Lazar will produce. The project will mark Affleck’s fifth directorial effort following “Gone Baby Gone,” “The Town,” Oscar-winner “Argo,” and “Live By Night”.
Source: The Wrap