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Watch: Trailer For Ben Affleck's '70s Set Thriller 'Argo'

by Kevin Jagernauth
May 8, 2012 10:03 AM
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So, Ben Affleck has made a movie about making a movie. Kind of. Part period drama, part thriller, part comedy, and all based on a wild true story, there are a lot of elements at play in "Argo." With the first trailer now landing, it looks like yet another solid flick from the actor turned director.

Based on the fascinating, must-read Wired article “How the CIA Used a Fake Sci-Fi Flick to Rescue Americans from Tehran,” "Argo" centers on the real-life C.I.A. plan to rescue a group of diplomats from Tehran after the 1979 Iranian revolution by claiming they're part of a Hollywood movie crew shooting a film. Indeed, the tale could easily be played for laughs -- and to be certain, there is an element of absurdity to it all -- but Affleck seems to have struck the right balance between how surreal and very dangerous the operation is. It certainly doesn't hurt that he's lined up an insanely talented cast to back him up, with Alan Arkin, Bryan Cranston, John Goodman, Kyle Chandler, Richard Kind, Scoot McNairy, Chris Messina, Michael Parks, Taylor Schilling and more rounding out the extensive ensemble. All told, it looks like another winner from Affleck.

Could Oscar be in the works for the film? It's a helluva competitive year, but with an October 12th date, you can bet Warner Bros. has that goal in mind. Watch below. [via The Film Stage]

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  • bredwill | November 28, 2012 11:48 PMReply

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  • Jane | May 8, 2012 11:28 PMReply

    The worst part of the trailer is Ben Affleck's acting. He should have let somebody else star.

  • cirkusfolk | May 8, 2012 3:29 PMReply

    I was a little thrown by all the comedy in the beginning, but once Steven Tyler kisked in, things got serious. Still, I'm not sure this will be as commercial as Affleck's first two films.

  • StephenM | May 8, 2012 12:42 PMReply

    I thought it was an excellent trailer. Looks quite good.

  • a | May 8, 2012 12:26 PMReply

    Yeah, this looks good. Affleck's a solid director.

  • Mr Anonymous | May 8, 2012 11:36 AMReply

    Going by that trailer i have no idea what this film is about. Have no idea what your average movie-goer is going think of this, i think it's going to be a tough sell despite a starry cast. I wish he had directed that other movie he was up for instead of this.

  • Yod | May 9, 2012 12:15 AM

    LOL, how could you not understand that? Good job you did stay anonymous. Probably the smartest thing you've ever done.

  • James | May 8, 2012 12:47 PM

    You have "no idea what this film is about" "going by that trailer"? Seriously? Which trailers -are- you able to follow? It couldn't be clearer. Americans hiding in Iran, clever but dangerous way planned to get them out. Looks amazing!

  • TimParker | May 8, 2012 12:32 PM

    I'm sorry, but no idea what it's about? They clearly are explaining that the plan to rescue the hostages in Tehran is to pretend to be a film crew making a science fiction movie. Starts out serious with the real situation...gets kind of lighthearted because of the silliness of the idea...the gravity of the situation sets in.
    I almost think you are being facetious with your post. I mean, it's your opinion but you would have to be kidding, right?

  • JP | May 8, 2012 10:31 AMReply

    Maybe it's a testament to that song never getting old, or just the idea of John Goodman, Kyle Chandler, Alan Arkin, and Bryan Cranston all getting screen time, but I'm in.

  • Stephen B | May 8, 2012 10:27 AMReply

    Not nearly enough Kyle Chandler in that trailer.

  • RYan | May 8, 2012 10:12 AMReply

    Pretty terrible trailer tbh.

  • amanda | May 8, 2012 10:08 AMReply

    A little wag the dog-ish.

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