If we've learned anything about Ben Affleck in the past few years it's that he is greatly successful in directing himself. Following the praise he earned from the critically acclaimed Boston heist film, The Town, Affleck has cast himself as the lead in his next directorial effort entitled Argo. The movie already has a great headlining cast, which includes Bryan Cranston, Alan Arkin, John Goodman, Kyle Chandler, and Scott McNairy. Now the film has added three more supporting players as Variety reports Tate Donovan (FX's Damages), Nelson Franklin (Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World), and Taylor Schilling (NBC's Mercy) have joined the party.
The real-life CIA caper, based on a 2007 Wired article, tells the tale about how the government used a fake sci-fi film called Argo to rescue six Americans hiding in a Canadian embassy during the Tehran hostage crisis. Schilling plays Christine Mendez, a former teacher who is concerned for her husband's (Affleck) safety. Donovan will play Bob Anders, a U.S. embassy consular officer in Tehran, while Nelson Franklin is simply playing a reporter in the story. There's a hell of a lot of talent involved here, and Affleck has proven he knows how to get incredible work out of talented people (see: Jeremy Renner).
Expect more good things to come from this project as it looks to sneak into the heavy-hitting film schedule in 2012.