Argo is an upcoming historical drama film about the rescue of six U.S. diplomats from Tehran, Iran during the 1979 Iran hostage crisis. Filming began in September of 2011, and it is scheduled to be released in 2012.
PLOT: During the 1979 Iran hostage crisis, the governments of the United States and Canada partnered to rescue six U.S. diplomats held hostage at their embassy in Iran. The governments were able to convince Iran that the six hostages were members of a camera crew who were scouting the area for a film titled Argo. The hostages were able to escape the country with their fake identities.
QUICK TAKE: This is a big step in Ben Affleck’s Career and again he will be behind and in front of the camera for ‘Argo’. I say it’s a big step because it’s a bit outside his comfort zone. He ain’t in Boston anymore. Now, he will have some great help because George Clooney and Grant Heslov are producing the film along with Affleck, but this is a complicated international story. The scale of this film is going to be huge and multidimensional.
The 1979 Iran Hostage Crisis was a big moment in American History and Affleck needs to treed lightly and get it right. With every historical film, the devil is in the details. A lot of people who are still on TV today were involved in the coverage of this event and I’m sure they’ll all have an opinion. The Screenplay by Chris Terrio is going to be key here because I think Affleck has Oscar nominations in his mind. But if the film isn’t accurate, Affleck can forget about it.
The cast around Affleck is also very good. Bryan Cranston and John Goodman have joined and those two are smart guys. Clea Duvall is also in the picture and she is a very interesting actress in her own right. ‘Argo’ is set for a Fall release (Looking for Oscar Nods) so don’t look for the trailer until early summer. Like always, I’ll keep you posted, and until then get a look at a bearded Ben Affleck. Very interesting.
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