Ben Affleck to direct and star in Argo

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Ben Affleck directs and stars in this 2012 political drama about the rescue of six U.S. diplomats from Tehran, Iran during the 1979 Iran hostage crisis. As the revolution in the country reaches a boiling point, a CIA 'exfiltration' specialist concocts a risky plan to free the Americans who have found shelter at the home of the Canadian ambassador.
June 28th, 2011

Ben Affleck is set to star in 'Argo'.

The 'Armageddon' actor - who is already in line to direct the movie - has reportedly cast himself in the role of main character Tony Mendez, a CIA exfiltration expert who attempts to get six Americans hiding at the Canadian embassy in Iran out of the nation.

The six characters are disguised as a Hollywood crew who scout a film called 'Argo' as they attempt to flee the Asian country.

Ben - who has directed 'The Town' and 'Gone Baby Gone' - has cast John Goodman and Alan Arkin in the motion picture, which will be produced by George Clooney and Grant Heslov.

The 38-year-old Oscar-winner revealed earlier this year he is not expecting his career to be unblemished, pointing out people have to "take risks".

He previously said: "Failure is just a function of risk. I look at my great heroes as actors and directors and none of them have perfect records. I imagine I will have an even more imperfect record.

"I think you have to still be brave enough to take risks. Today I am enjoying the success. Being number one at the box office is pretty cool. But I've been round the block enough times to know it won't last forever."