Academy Award winner Ben Affleck directed and starred in the dramatic thriller Argo. The screenplay for the film was written by Chris Terrio and is based on a selection from “The Master of Disguise” by Antonio J. Mendez and the Wired Magazine article “The Great Escape” by Joshuah Bearman. Affleck also produced the film along side Academy Award nominee Grant Heslov (Good Night, and Good Luck), and Academy Award winner George Clooney (Syriana).
The film stars Bryan Cranston, Alan Arkin, John Goodman, Victor Garber, Tate Donovan, Clea Duvall, Scoot Mcnairy, Rory Cochrane, Christopher Denham, Kerry Bishe, Kyle Chandler and Chris Messina.
Synopsis courtesy of Warner Brothers:
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 Canadian Ambassador Ken Taylor. Knowing it is only a matter of time before the six are found out and likely killed, the Canadian and American governments ask the CIA to intervene. The CIA turns to their top “exfiltration” specialist, Tony Mendez, to come up with a plan to get the six Americans safely out of the country. A plan so incredible, it could only happen in the movies.
The film opens in theaters October 12.