It’s been since February that we’ve had any kind of a look at writer/director/star Ben Affleck’s Argo. Affleck’s third directorial feature is a story set during the 1970's Iranian hostage crisis, of a CIA 'exfiltration' specialist who concocts a risky plan, as the Iranian revolution reaches a boiling point, to free six Americans who have found shelter at the home of the Canadian ambassador, by disguising them as a Canadian film crew. Today we have the first teaser trailer and an accompanying poster. If you like a good political thriller, as I do, this looks fantastic.
Based on true events, “Argo” chronicles the life-or-death covert operation to rescue six Americans, which unfolded behind the scenes of the Iran hostage crisis–the truth of which was unknown by the public for decades. On November 4, 1979, as the Iranian revolution reaches its boiling point, militants storm the U.S. embassy in Tehran, taking 52 Americans hostage. But, in the midst of the chaos, six Americans manage to slip away and find refuge in the home of the Canadian ambassador. Knowing it is only a matter of time before the six are found out and likely killed, a CIA “exfiltration” specialist named Tony Mendez (Affleck) comes up with a risky plan to get them safely out of the country. A plan so incredible, it could only happen in the movies.
Argo stars, along with Affleck, Alan Arkin, John Goodman, Bryan Cranston, Kyle Chandler, Tate Donovan, Clea Duvall, Michael Parks, Chris Messina, Adrienne Barbeau (for that authentic 70's vibe) , Richard Kind, Titus Welliver and Zeljko Ivanek. Argo has apparently been rescheduled for an October 12 release in the US and the UK ( but will probably still make an appearance at TIFF).