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    June 12, 2011

    ALAN ARKIN JOINS AFFLECK'S ARGO


    Ben Affleck’s third movie will be starting its production soon. After he quitted Baz Luhrmann’s "The Great Gatsby", Affleck decided to direct his third movie following critical successes with Gone Baby Gone and last year’s hit, The Town. The film is entitled Argo and follows a real-life event about CIA’s effort to pull American diplomats out of Tehran in 1979 during the Iran Hostage Crisis; but it took in a rather weird method to do so ala the one we have seen in “Men Who Stare at Goats”. It was first reported in Wired’s original 2007 article on “How the CIA used a Fake Sci-Fi Flick to Rescue Americans from Tehran” (by Joshuah Bearman), in which Chris Terrio adapted into a script for the film.

    Since then Ben Affleck has not only set to direct Argo but also taking a role in. Now, Academy Award winner Alan Arkin (Little Miss Sunshine) is set to join the casting too. He will play Lester Siegel, the OSS agent turned film producer who is the key to the rescue plan. George Clooney and Grant Heslov are producing Warner Bros.' political drama through their Smoke House banner along with David Klawans ("Nacho Libre").

    The movie's plot sounds something like this:
    "The story is a CIA rescue mission during the Iran Hostage Crisis, when six American embassy staff escaped the compound and were on the lam in Tehran for months — until the CIA rescued them by creating a fake Hollywood production company and pretended to be in Iran location scouting for a big-budget sci-fi epic. I swear, it’s all true. The CIA even got an office for their fake production company at Sunset/Gower studios, had a script and concept art, and took out ads in Variety. There are many more strange digressions in detail, but I’ll let you find out about them in the story."

    [SOURCE: Slash Film]
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