Casting on Ben Affleck’s Argo continues as Bryan Cranston is named by Variety as likely to join Ben Affleck, Alan Arkin and John Goodman in the true espionage story.
The film is about how the CIA teamed with the Canadian government to rescue six U.S. diplomats who’d been taken hostage at the American embassy by a group of Iranians in 1979 by pretending that they were part of a Hollywood film crew scouting a movie called “Argo.”
Cranston, who next appears in Universal’s Larry Crowne, would portray CIA Agent Jack O’Donnell against Affleck as Agent Tony Mendez, the man responsible for mounting the fake production.
The screenplay was adapted by Chris Terrio from Joshua Bearman’s April 2007 Wired magazine article, “How the CIA Used a Fake Sci-Fi Flick to Rescue American from Tehran” and it’s being produced by George Clooney and Grant Heslov’s Smoke House to be released by Warner Bros.
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