Ben Affleck plays serious Harry Ellis

I first told you about Ben Affleck’s Argo a few months ago, his third directawrial effit fawllowing the awbvious and totally wahrranted success of The Town, GO SAWX. It’s based on a 2007 Wired article, “How the CIA Used a Fake Sci-Fi Flick to Rescue Americans from Tehran,” about how a group of CIA operatives passed themselves off as the crew of a fake sci-fi film called Argo to rescue diplomats who’d gone into hiding after the Iranian revolution. Affleck will play CIA ‘exfiltration specialist’ Tony Mendez. Cast also includes Bryan Cranston, Alan Arkin, and John Goodman.

Empire just broke the first official image, and all I can think about is how much Affleck is a dead ringer for Harry Ellis in Die Hard (played by the incomparable Hart Bochner). Only he’s playing him very serious. That was always what I liked about Harry Ellis, he never took things too seriously. “See that watch? It’s a Rolex.”

“Babe, I negotiate million dollar deals for breakfast. I think I can handle this Ayatrailer trash. Homeini! Bubbie! Allahu Talkbar? …I’m your white knight.