Ben Affleck has started setting up the cast for his next movie, Argo, and according to Variety he’s already brought Alan Arkin.
Argo is a drama about the secret C.I.A. mission to rescue the six Americans held hostage in Iran in 1979.
The crisis defined both the end of Jimmy Carter’s Presidency and Ronald Reagan’s ascendance to power, but the secret story behind the rescue involves a C.I.A ruse pretending the six hostages were part of a Hollywood film crew making a movie called, well, Argo.
Arkin will be playing a Hollywood producer who helped with the ruse, Lester Siegel, described in Variety as “equal parts bookie and rabbi.” With him on board, we will be hearing of many others now, willing to join.
Given the result of The Town we should expect the same from Argo.