Germain’s prepping his ’10 most anticipated movies for 2012′ list right now and I’ll probably put one together as well just as soon as I get back from Texas. One movie I’m pretty sure will be on his list and I know would be on mine is Argo, the third film directed by Ben Affleck.

As we’ve mentioned a few times in the past while covering the casting for the film, this movie is based on a real situation in which a handful of CIA operatives posed as key members of a movie crew in order to extract diplomats who had been taken hostage in 1979 Tehran. They’re not posing as just any film crew, but as guys scouting locations for a sci-fi film called, naturally, Argo.

Above, that’s part of the first official image of Affleck as one of the primary members of that crew; see the whole thing below. Read More »


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Warner Bros has sent out the obligatory press release to announce the commencement of filming on Ben Affleck‘s third film as director, Argo. We’ve known most of the cast for a while: Affleck, Alan Arkin, Bryan Cranston, and John Goodman, with more recent additions Kyle Chandler, Tate Donovan, Rory Cochrane and Taylor Schilling.

Now we’ve got an official synopsis for the film, which adapts the true story of a CIA team that posed as a film crew in order to extract diplomats from Tehran in 1979. But perhaps of more interest to some who already know the story is the confirmation of cast additions that include the great Michael Parks (above), as well as Clea Duvall and Richard Kind. Read More »

The smaller casting for Ben Affleck‘s third directorial effort, Argo, is falling into place. The movie already has a great topline cast: Affleck, Alan Arkin, John Goodman, Kyle Chandler, Bryan Cranston and Scott McNairy are part of the true story about a CIA team that attempted to extract diplomats from Tehran in 1979 by posing as a film crew scouting locations to make a sci-fi film called Argo.

Now Tate Donovan (Good Night, and Good Luck), Nelson Franklin (The Office) and Taylor Schilling (Atlas Shrugged, Mercy, The Lucky One) have been added to the cast. Read More »

It’s not a stretch, I think, to call this the ‘fan-favorite actors’ edition of casting bits. Kyle Chandler, Alexander Skarsgård and Rob Corddry all fall into that catergory, I’d say. So after the break, you’ll find:

  • Kyle Chandler joins Ben Affleck’s Argo,
  • Rob Corddry looks set for zombification in Warm Bodies,
  • and Michael Nyqvist & Alexander Skarsgård are among the crew joining the ‘modern communication’ indie story Disconnect.

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Sometimes there’s no way to make a casting roundup conform to any sort of sense. Such is the case here, as we’ve got info on a wild reality-based political thriller set in 1979, an animated sequel, and an indie family drama with a very unlikely cast. In other words, after the break you’ll find info on:

  • Monsters star Scoot McNairy joining Ben Affleck’s Argo,
  • Nick Frost and seven hundred other actors doing voices for the fourth theatrical Ice Age movie,
  • and an indie called Little Boy, which has Kevin James and Emily Watson set to star.

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This is a piece of info that could probably be rounded up into an aggregate casting piece, but I love the idea of Ben Affleck‘s film Argo so much that we’ll give it some space. The movie is based on the true story of CIA agents posing as a movie crew in Tehran, while really attempting to smuggle diplomats out of the country. George Clooney and Grant Heslov are producing; the script is by Chris Terrio based on “How the CIA Used a Fake Sci-Fi Flick to Rescue Americans from Tehran” by Joshuah Bearman.

This week saw the confirmation that Ben Affleck would play the lead role, CIA agent Tony Mendez, and Alan Arkin and John Goodman have been recently confirmed, too. Now Bryan Cranston is negotiating for a role — this guy is on a tear lately. Read More »

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Argo, Ben Affleck‘s third film as director, sounds very promising. Based on Joshua Bearman‘s April 2007 Wired magazine article, “How the CIA Used a Fake Sci-Fi Flick to Rescue American from Tehran,” the film features Ben Affleck and Alan Arkin in key roles as part of a team of intelligence agents who are trying to extricate six men from Tehran in 1979. To do this, the agents posed as a crew preparing to shoot a big-budget sci-fi film called Argo.

Now the latest cast member is John Goodman, who’ll play one of the other real-life members of the ersatz filmmaking team. Read More »

And with his third film, director Ben Affleck channeled Alfred Hitchcock. Hitchcock famously said that actors should be “treated like cattle” and Affleck, who previously directed Gone Baby Gone and The Town, will be herding six actors from his upcoming film Argo into a house and forcing them to live like hostages for two weeks. Over those two weeks the actors will rehearse and, hopefully, feel as helpless as their real life counterparts who were trapped in Tehran during the Iranian Hostage Crisis in 1979. Ultimately, they were extracted when the CIA made it look like they were working on a fictional film. Read more after the break. Read More »

Ben Affleck bailed on acting in Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby in order to direct his third film, a picture called Argo. (Good choice!) The film is from a Chris Terrio script that follows a true-life story about a CIA effort to pull diplomats out of Tehran in 1979. The hook: they use a plan that has them posing as a Hollywood studio crew making a sci-fi film called Argo. (Much more background detail is here.)

The first piece of casting (other than Ben Affleck, who is taking a role) is now out: Alan Arkin will play Lester Siegel, the OSS agent turned film producer who is key to the plan. The role is described as “equal parts bookie and rabbi,” in which case Alan Arkin is perfect. But then, when is he not close to perfect? George Clooney and Grant Heslov are producing the film, and if that conjures up images of the tone of Men Who Stare At Goats — another partially true military/political tale — then you’re probably thinking along the right track. Only, let’s hope, better. [Variety]

After the break, World War Z and the G.I. Joe sequel get new cast additions. Read More »