Who's Ben Affleck's favorite leading man? Ben Affleck, of course.

The actor-turned-director has just cast himself in the lead of his upcoming CIA hostage flick 'Argo,' just as he did in his bang-up bank robbery movie 'The Town.' (Hey, Clint Eastwood's done it for years and it's worked out pretty well.)

Affleck will star as Tony Mendez, the real-life CIA "ex-filtration expert" who created a fake Hollywood production in 1979 to get six Americans out of Iran.

The film is based on an April 2007 Wired magazine article, 'How the CIA Used a Fake Sci-Fi Flick to Rescue American from Tehran.' The CIA supplied fake identities for the six hostages and claimed they were a film crew scouting a movie titled 'Argo.'
To create the necessary realism for the hostage drama, Affleck will reportedly have the actors playing the captives live together to recreate the same circumstances that their real-life counterparts went through.

Alan Arkin and John Goodman are in final negotiations to co-star in as, respectively, Hollywood producer Lester Siegel and makeup artist John Chambers. George Clooney and Grant Heslov will co-produce.

Affleck is also planning to direct the remake of the French thriller, 'Tell No One,' and since none of the cast has yet been announced, feel free to speculate that he'll once again cast himself in the male lead.

He's continuing to act for other directors as well: He just wrapped Terrence Malick's next film. He's also producing 'Father Daughter Time' for buddy Matt Damon, who's set to make his directorial debut with the film as well as, yep, star in the film.

[via Variety]
categories Movies