Ben Affleck Ditches THE GREAT GATSBY 3D for CIA Rescue Film ARGO

The actor and acclaimed filmmaker of last year's The Town has opted out of Baz Luhrmann‘s film in order to direct and star in the true story about a group of CIA operatives disguised as a film crew in order to rescue hostages in Iran.

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Argo is based on Joshuah Bearman‘s Wired magazine article titled How the CIA Used a Fake Sci-Fi Flick to Rescue Americans from Tehran.. Ben Affleck will direct and star in the film which is based on actual events that occurred in 1979. It's not known whether the movie will have a humorous undertone considering its wacky premise or whether Affleck will play the film out completely serious. The movie centers around the CIA’s attempt to rescue six U.S. diplomats trapped in their embassy after Iranians took it over. The operatives disguised the six diplomats as a movie crew scouting locations for a fictional film called Argo.

As for director Baz Luhrmann's Great Gatsby 3D, the adaptation of Scott Fitzgerald‘s classic will star Leonardo DiCaprio as Jay Gatsby, Carey Mulligan as Daisy Buchanan, and Tobey Maguire as Nick Carraway. Isla Fisher is in talks to play Myrtle, the wife of a gas-station owner who is cheating with Buchanan. The role of Buchanan was originally set for Affleck but now that he's out, Luhrmann will have to find a replacement.

Production on both Argo and The Great Gatsby 3D is set to begin this summer for a release in 2012.