Ben Affleck To Play The Lead In “Argo”

Ben Affleck certainly made good use of the casting couch for his third directorial effort “Argo” as he’s decided to cast himself as the leading man 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 exfiltration expert Tony Mendez (Affleck) 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.

Alan Arkin and John Goodman are in final negotiations to co-star in the film which George Clooney, David Klawans and Grant Heslov are producing. Chris Terrio wrote the screenplay.