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Ben Affleck Will Now Direct & Star in 'Argo' Instead of 'Great Gatsby'

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April 20, 2011
Source: Deadline

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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?

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  • Zac Heffron
    I hope Ben Affleck’s acting career is relaunched. He has done some great films in his time and should receive some sort of recognition for his work as an actor. He is an underrated actor. So, I hope that from now on he does more movies, more leading roles, tries to reach his full potential as an actor and tries to win an Oscar.
  • I believe Ben is a good actor and a great Director ... The only thing I hope he will not do is making movie in Bulgaria ... !! Because there was news : he being in Bulgaria seeing the locations for shooting ... but later they said : he doesn't like it .. that is why he is still in search for better locations ... Ben making movie in Bulgaria will be a big fall ... as many others who tried and lost everything ... Other than this I am glad he and Clooney are on the same movie .. and the story sound great too ...
  • Spider
    Great choice, 'Chuckie' (from "Good Will Hunting")! I think this'll be a damn good, intriguing flick. I am o.k. with Affleck being behind the camera than in front!

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