Nelson Franklin, Tate Donovan and One More Join Ben Affleck's 'Argo'

August 30, 2011
Source: Variety

Nelson Franklin / Tate Donovan

Ready to take on double duty as both director and star, Ben Affleck is rounding out the cast of his Tehran hostage crisis film Argo. John Goodman, Alan Arkin, Bryan Cranston and Kyle Chandler also star in the film based on a 2007 Wired article about how the CIA and Canadian government used a fake sci-fi film called Argo to rescue six Americans hiding in a Canadian embassy during the Tehran hostage crisis. Now the film has added three more supporting players as Variety reports Tate Donovan ("Damages"), Nelson Franklin (Scott Pilgrm vs. the World) and Taylor Schilling ("Mercy") have joined the cast. Read on!

Schilling is playing Christine Mendez, a former teacher who worries about her husband (Affleck) while he's off on a dangerous mission while Donovan will play Bob Anders, a U.S. embassy consular officer in Tehran. Franklin is simply playing a reporter in the story. This story sounds like something that Hollywood would craft as fiction, but the fact that this comes from a real-life mission from the Tehran hostage crisis makes it that much more intriguing. Ironically enough, Donovan starred in Good Night and Good Luck, another historical based drama from George Clooney and his producing partner Grant Heslov who are also producing this project as well. There's a hell of a lot of talent involved here, and I can't wait to see how this project turns out.

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