David Fincher dipped back into the ’70s milieu for his highly underrated “Zodiac,” as did Richard Kelly with “The Box,” his adaptation of “Twilight Zone” writer Richard Matheson’s short story of the same name. Now Ben Affleck takes his turn with the ’70s in writing and directing “Argo.”
The film is based on the Wired article “How the CIA Used a Fake Sci-Fi Flick to Rescue Americans from Tehran.” In 1979, during the Iran Hostage Crisis, US spooks convinced the government of Iran that six hostages were, in fact, a film crew scouting a location for a science fiction film called “Argo.” The spooks even went so far as to have a movie poster created to lend some legitimacy to the lie (check it out below). It was clever subterfuge and it worked.
Starring alongside Affleck are Alan Arkin, Bryan Cranston, John Goodman, Kyle Chandler, Richard Kind, Scoot McNairy, Chris Messina, Michael Parks and Taylor Schilling.
Watch the trailer below.