First Argo Image Arrives

Ben Affleck goes bearded

With the New Year almost upon us and the news streams largely quiet, this is the one of the few annual times the studios choose to bombard us with preview pictures from their upcoming output. Warners has shoved a raft of new pictures online, with one of particular interest – the first official image from Ben Affleck’s Argo.

Affleck passed on the chance to make the new Superman for this one, an intriguing ripped-from-real-life tale of six American hostages and the audacious plan to evacuate them safely from Iran.

Adapted from Joshuah Berman’s article about the incident by writer Chris Terrio Argo follows CIA ‘exfiltration’ specialist Tony Mendez (Affleck) in November 1974 as he’s informed of the situation. You see, militants have stormed the US embassy and taken 52 Americans hostage. Six have escaped and are finding refuge with the Canadian ambassador, but they need to leave the country pronto. So Mendez cooks up an idea to have them listed as members of a location scouting team for a sci-fi movie. Which will require the US government to create a fictional production…

As he did with The Town, Affleck has recruited a solid cast to bring the quirky story to life, with such talented folk as Alan Arkin, Bryan Cranston, John Goodman, Kerry Bishé, Kyle Chandler, Rory Cochrane, Christopher Denham, Tate Donovan, Clea DuVall, Victor Garber, Zeljko Ivanek, Richard Kind, Scoot McNairy, Chris Messina and Michael Parks all aboard.

Argo will hit our cinemas on October 5, 2012.