Ben Affleck’s ‘Argo’ Officially Begins Production

Published 4 years ago by , Updated September 18th, 2012 at 8:24 am,

Things have certainly turned around for Ben Affleck over the past five years. He’s gone from what most people consider the low point in his career (starring in the much-ridiculed Jersey Girl and Surviving Christmas) to become a respectable actor/director. That’s partially due to his performances in films like Hollywoodland and State of Play, but largely because of his directorial efforts, Gone Baby Gone and The Town (which Affleck headlined as well).

Hence the excitement about Argo, which has officially begun principle photography under the direction of Affleck – who has recruited a top-notch team of additional acting and technical talents to work on the film.

Argo is based on a 2007 Wired magazine article that details how the CIA concocted a scheme to rescue half a dozen American diplomats from Iran during the height of that country’s 1979 revolution. That plan involved a team of agents passing themselves off as members of the film crew for a Hollywood production titled (what else) “Argo.”

For additional details, check out the film’s official synopsis below:

Based on true events, “Argo” chronicles the life-or-death covert operation to rescue six Americans, which unfolded behind the scenes of the Iran hostage crisis — the truth of which was unknown by the public for decades.

On November 4, 1979, as the Iranian revolution reaches its boiling point, militants storm the U.S. embassy in Tehran, taking 52 Americans hostage. But, in the midst of the chaos, six Americans manage to slip away and find refuge in the home of the Canadian ambassador. Knowing it is only a matter of time before the six are found out and likely killed, a CIA “exfiltration” specialist named Tony Mendez (Affleck) comes up with a risky plan to get them safely out of the country. A plan so incredible, it could only happen in the movies.

Joining Affleck as part of the undercover CIA operation are the likes of Oscar-winner Alan Arkin (Little Miss Sunshine), John Goodman, and Breaking Bad‘s Bryan Cranston. Rounding out the cast are people like Scoot McNairy, Kyle Chandler (Super 8), Rory Cochrane (CSI: Miami), Chris Messina (Damages), Michael Parks (Kill Bill), Clea DuVall (Heroes), and many more.

Chris Terrio (Heights) penned the screenplay for Argo, which also reunites Affleck with his Town production designer Sharon Seymour. Other noteworthy members of the film’s creative team include Oscar-nominated cinematographer Rodrigo Prieto (25th Hour, Brokeback Mountain) and multiple Academy Award nominee, editor William Goldenberg (Heat, The Insider).

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Jeremy Renner in 'The Town'

Gone Baby Gone demonstrated that Affleck could handle a gritty character-driven drama, but it was The Town that really showed off his abilities to deliver an excellent crime-thriller that was both well-acted and featured some intense action set pieces (car chases, shoot-outs, etc.). Affleck’s arguably a filmmaker on his way to greatness, which is why there’s good reason to be excited about him taking on a hard-to-believe story like Argo. It’s the sort of project that’ll allow him to continue fine-tuning his strengths as an auteur and try to expand his vision to encompass more of a globe-trotting action-drama than his previous directorial and writing efforts (all of which have been based in the Boston area).

Argo is tentatively expected to reach theaters by late 2012. We’ll let you know when an official release date has been settled on.

Source: Warner Bros. Pictures

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  1. He definately is better ditector than actor IMO, thoguh he was great in Hollywoodland.

    • Affleck was the bomb in Phantoms.

  2. Glad to see Affleck finally getting credit. I always felt he was underrated as an actor. And as a director, The Town was an absolute masterpiece. I’m not one for action movies, but this one was so well done, it felt more like a high-octane character-driven drama. Godspeed, Ben. Cream always rises to the top.

  3. I would go to see this over anything his one time acting partner Damon puts out. The town was a good movie and it looks like this one should be a decent one as well considering they are not casting the CIA as the villians like most films out of hollywood do.

  4. Sorry, but “The Town” was overrated. Decent crime caper, but predictable -and the ending was an insult to law enforcement everywhere. Were we actually supposed to be happy that Affleck’s bank robber got away with it?

    • Yes!

  5. sounds very MISSION:IMPOSSIBLE. Not the 3 crappy movies but the vintage tv show. THE TOWN was brilliantly crafted even though Affleck wanted us to sympathize with hardcore criminals. With ARGO, THE TOWN and GONE BABY GONE Affleck reminds me of a young John Frankenheimer.