Ben Affleck will play Tony Mendez, a CIA agent who hatched a plan to rescue six American hostages in Iran by creating a fake Hollywood production company. The ploy involved telling the Iranian hostage-takers that the six American diplomats were actually part of a Hollywood film crew, who were scouting locations in Iran for a movie called Argo. The hostages were able to flee the country using those phony identities.
Chris Terrio is adapting the screenplay from a 2007 Wired Magazine article written by Joshuah Bearman. Alan Arkin has already been cast as Hollywood producer Lester Siegel, with John Goodman portraying Oscar-winning special effects artist John Chambers.