Plot details for Ben Affleck's next film Argo

Based on Wired article about a CIA rescue mission

Two weeks ago, Ben Affleck announced he was leaving Baz Luhrman's Great Gatsby to direct his third featue - true-life thriller Argo.

Set to direct and star, the film will based on a 2007 Wired magazine article written by Joshuah Bearman, titled ‘How The CIA Used A Fake Sci-fi Flick To Rescue Americans From Tehran’.

Set during the Iran hostage crisis of 1979, the film tells the story of six stranded US embassy workers and the CIA’s elaborate mission to rescue them - disguising the trapped Americans as a movie crew scouting locations for a fictional sci-fi epic named Argo.

With echoes of The Great Escape and classic '70s spy thrillers, the story is pure cinema - definitely worth a read.

Affleck proved he could handle sweaty-palmed tension with last year’s The Town and, if this is anything as engrossing as the article on which it’s based, he should have another hit on his hands.

Shooting starts this summer, with George Clooney on board as producer.

Argo is set for release in 2013.

Are you excited to see Ben back in the director’s chair? Let us know below…


    • ManMadeMonkey

      May 6th 2011, 12:25

      Sounds good but to be honest I will see whatever Ben Affleck does next. I really love his first two films and Gone Baby Gone is one of the finest films ever made in my opinion.

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    • Rytrospyk

      May 6th 2011, 13:54

      I think the story will be perfect for a film, I think it will look alot better in film than perhaps it read which is a good thing. One thing for me though is Gone Baby Gone was much better for me because Ben Affleck wasn't in it opposed to The Town, but other than that I can't wait.

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    • writerdave87

      May 6th 2011, 16:43

      Having read the book the Town was based on I thought Affleck actually good casting, I don't think he would have been in it otherwise.

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    • Ali1748

      May 7th 2011, 1:21

      I adored The Town, Ben seems to have a knack for direction.

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    • CIJpod

      May 8th 2011, 14:05

      As an actor, he can be mediocre, but his directorial work is fantastic.

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