First Official Synopsis for Ben Affleck’s ARGO

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Ben Affleck’s Argo began shooting today.  The film has a killer cast that includes Affleck, Alan Arkin, Bryan Cranston, and John Goodman, Kyle Chandler, Rory Cochrane, Victor Garber, Richard Kind, and Michael Parks.  I don’t really care about press releases announcing that filming has commenced (what’s newsworthy is when it looks like filming will commence and then it doesn’t), but this press release includes the first official synopsis for the movie.  Check it out:

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.

Okay, so that doesn’t point out that his plan is to use a fake movie as cover for the operation, but that’s the hook.  Affleck co-wrote the script with Good Night and Good Luck. screenwriter Grant Heslov.  Hit the jump for the full press release which includes a rundown of the behind-the-camera talent.

ben-affleck-imageHere’s the press release:

FILMING IS UNDERWAY ON
WARNER BROS. PICTURES’ AND GK FILMS’ “ARGO”

Ben Affleck directs and stars in the fact-based thriller.

BURBANK, CA, August 31, 2011 — Principal photography has begun on Warner Bros. Pictures’ and GK Films’ dramatic thriller “Argo,” directed by and starring Academy Award® winner Ben Affleck (“The Town,” “Good Will Hunting”). The film is being produced by Academy Award® winner George Clooney (“Syriana”), Oscar® nominee Grant Heslov (“Good Night, and Good Luck.”) and Affleck.

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.

“Argo” also stars Oscar® winner Alan Arkin (“Little Miss Sunshine”), Bryan Cranston (TV’s “Breaking Bad”) and John Goodman (“You Don’t Know Jack”). The main cast also includes Kerry Bishé, Kyle Chandler, Rory Cochrane, Christopher Denham, Tate Donovan, Clea DuVall, Victor Garber, Zeljko Ivanek, Richard Kind, Scoot McNairy, Chris Messina, Michael Parks, and Taylor Schilling.

Affleck is directing the film from a screenplay by Chris Terrio, based on a selection from Master in Disguise by Antonio Mendez. David Klawans, Chris Brigham, Graham King, Tim Headington, Chay Carter and Nina Wolarsky are serving as executive producers.

The behind-the-scenes creative team includes Oscar®-nominated director of photography Rodrigo Prieto (“Brokeback Mountain”), production designer Sharon Seymour (“The Town”); Oscar®-nominated editor William Goldenberg (“Seabiscuit,” “The Insider”); and Oscar®-nominated costume designer Jacqueline West (“The Social Network,” “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”).

Filming on “Argo” began in Los Angeles. Future locations include Washington D.C. and Istanbul.

Slated for release in 2012, “Argo” is a presentation of Warner Bros. Pictures, in association with GK Films, a Smoke House Pictures production, to be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.




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  • Cali Kid

    So excited! This movie is gonna be sick! Hope Benny can go 3 for 3!

  • Jackson

    Argo started filming two weeks ago, not today.

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  • daytona

    ‘Afflack’ should let someone else play the lead…sheeesh…..i have never believed him in anything…..direct Ben…..dont do both just because u can.

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  • Charles Ranier

    “it could only happen in the movies” because SPOILER: they pretended to be a science fiction movie crew for a film called guess what, Argo.

  • Charles Ranier

    “could only happen in the movies” because SPOILER: they pretended they were all filming a science fiction movie called “Argo”.

  • JasonMan

    Another article written on this site and NOTHING about how Ben Affleck is playing a Latino instead of offering many Latino actors that are being shunned out of Hollywood from getting quality lead roles.

    A study showed that Latino actors only get 2% of leading roles in Hollywood. Here was a chance of a real Latino who was an American hero who lead an important international mission for the CIA to be portrayed by a Latino actor in a major motion Hollywood picture and be given a big break but instead it is taken away and Ben Affleck casts himself.

    Shame on this site for ignoring this practice and continually writing off this as a great cast.

    Shame on you!

    • Cali Kid

      I think you may be 1 of 5 people that actually care about that. If you wanna see a latino in a lead role make your own god damn movie.

      • JasonMan

        “Make your own god damn movie” could be used as a reply to any sort of compliment made about any movie ever made.

        So congratulations on a monumentally stupid reply, Cali Kid.

      • JasonMan

        Fixed * “Make your own god damn movie” could be used as a reply to any sort of complaint made about any movie ever made.

      • Cali Kid

        Then quit complaining that Ben Affleck didn’t cast a Latino in the lead role. That’s all you do on the Argo information pages. If anyone cared other then you’d we’d hear more about it. Go cry about this somewhere else.

      • NoName

        Cali KKKid is nothing but a racist dirtbag. Probably thinks Dr. King should be played by a white man too.

    • mike

      Right wing hate mongers in Hollywood always trying to keep the Latino’s down! Casting follows audience demand. When the audience is 60% Latino across the nation you’ll see more Latinos. Also Latino actors must give up their contractual siestas and roach coach demands if they have an integral role of Hollywood besides washing car and cutting grass.

      • Cali Kid

        There are no Right wingers in Hollywood, its a bunch of left wing liberal douche bags. No idea where you came up with that stupid idea.

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  • Bahman Nassiri

    ARGO will be insignificant compared to THE GOLDEN VEIL which was the first feature film about the 1979 U.S. hostage crisis released on 1/1/11. Just type THE GOLDEN VEIL in Google or IMDB.

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  • Bahman Nassiri

    If they have stolen my idea and timing, it doesn’t matter. Just type the words : ( ben affleck argo ) in YouTube and see whose videos pop up.
    The idea never crossed their minds for 32 years until THE GOLDEN VEIL was released.

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