Ben Affleck Will Now Be Directing Himself + John Goodman in 'Argo'

June 27, 2011
Source: Variety

Ben Affleck / John Goodman

Back when we heard Ben Affleck was going to direct Argo instead of starring in The Great Gatsby, it was said that the actor-turned-director might also star in the film as well. Since then we haven't heard one way or the other as the only actor to negotiate for a role so far has been Alan Arkin. Now Variety confirms that Affleck will indeed take a role in his own film based on a 2007 Wired article about how the CIA and the Canadian government used a fake sci-fi film to rescue Americans during the Tehran hostage crisis. In addition, another report from the trade has revealed John Goodman has also taken a role in the film.

Affleck will be playing Tony Mendez, the CIA exfiltration expert who creates the fake Hollywood production known as Argo while Goodman will play John Chambers, the real-life Oscar-winning Planet of the Apes makeup artist called in to help sell the ruse. Neither of these roles are part of the six hostages being exfiltrated from Canada, so we're still waiting to find out who will be going through the two weeks of safe house living in order to experience what it's like to be stuck with the same people as the real American hostages were for a period of time. Stay tuned as more casting is likely on the way.

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