Bryan Cranston will portray Jack O'Donnell, a Boston-bred CIA agent who used to be President Eisenhower's personal bodyguard. The project is based on the true story of an unusual plan to rescue six American hostages in Iran. Ben Affleck will star as Tony Mendez, the mastermind behind this plan to convince the Iranians that the hostages are actually members of a Hollywood film crew who are scouting locations in Iran for a fake movie called Argo. The hostages used these fake identities to flee the country unscathed. Alan Arkin also stars as Hollywood producer Lester Siegel, and John Goodman plays special effects artist John Chambers, who also participated in the complex ruse.
Ben Affleck will direct Argo from a screenplay by Chris Terrio, which is adapted from a 2007 Wired Magazine article by Joshuah Bearman. George Clooney and Grant Heslov will produce Argo for Warner Bros. through their Smoke House Productions banner, along with David Klawans.
No production schedule was given for Argo at this time.