Principle photography has begun on Ben Affleck’s third directional effort, Argo. The majority of the cast was announced months ago which includes Affleck, Bryan Cranston, Alan Arkin and John Goodman. However, Michael Parks, Clea Duvall and Richard Kind have now officially joined Affleck’s film. Along with the announcement of the commencement of filming, Warner Bros has released an official plot summary for the drama:
“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.”
The film, which is already gaining awards buzz, is being produced by George Clooney, Grant Heslov and David Klawans.
Argo is set for a late 2012 release.