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Ben Affleck circling “Argo” for producer George Clooney

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: After “Gone Baby Gone” and “The Town,” we’ll happily report any news nuggets about Ben Affleck returning to the director’s chair.

If one film has a legitimate gripe of being left out of the 10 Best Picture nominees this year, it’s Affleck’s taut bank-robbing thriller, Maybe he’ll have a better shot with his next project, which we’re hearing might be “Argo.”

The politically themed story, based on an article written in Wired magazine, explains how the CIA fooled the Iranian government in 1979 as an effort to rescue six U.S. diplomats that were being held hostage.

“The CIA used a disguise expert and concocted a scenario that involved the six being a Hollywood crew scouting a movie titled Argo. Under those disguises, they were able to flee the country,” THR reports.

The trade says Affleck is “in early negotiations” to direct the film, which is supposed to have touches of humor (not surprising once you learn that George Clooney and his partner, Grant Heslov, are producing the political thriller).

It sounds like a film Affleck could handle, and it’s a step away from the 1970s-tinged crime thrillers that he has used to launch his directorial career to date. We’ll let you know if anything comes of “Argo,” and Affleck’s involvement.

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About Sean O'Connell

Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC FilmCritic.com, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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