Ben Affleck Will Now Direct & Star in 'Argo' Instead of 'Great Gatsby'
Almost two weeks ago we learned that Ben Affleck was in talks to play Tom Buchanan in Baz Luhrmann's take on the classic novel The Great Gatsby. However, it seems the actor's passion for being behind the camera has prevailed as Deadline reports Affleck will instead be directing Argo, a project which we reported on back in February. Apparently a schedule to allow Affleck to do both just couldn't be figured out, so he has opted not to take part in Luhrmann's film. In addition, SlashFilm noticed The Tracking Board says Affleck will also star in the aforementioned film that he'll be directing for producer George Clooney.
Argo is based on the intriguing true story of how the CIA used a fake sci-fi film to rescue Americans during the Tehran hostage crisis. The story originally comes from a 2007 Wired article which has since been adapted into a script that also appeared on last year's Black List as #9. The story sounds like a Hollywood creation, but 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.
In a genius plan, the CIA used a disguise expert and concocted a scenario that involved the six being a Hollywood crew scouting a movie titled Argo. Under those disguises, they were able to flee the country. To make the movie that much more convincing, the CIA commissioned comic book creator Jack Kirby to create designs and drawings to make the production seem real. Yeah, I think I'm glad Affleck decided to do this instead of The Great Gatsby. How about you?