Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad) is currently in talks to add Argo to his list of upcoming projects, so says The Hollywood Reporter. Breaking Bad’s helped make Cranston one of Hollywood’s most in-demand actors, with roles in the 2011 upcoming releases Larry Crowne, Drive, and Contagion, as well as the 2012 films John Carter, Red Tails, Total Recall, and Rock of Ages. And Breaking Bad will be back for its fourth season next month on AMC.
Argo is based on the Wired article “How the CIA Used a Fake Sci-Fi Flick to Rescue Americans from Tehran” and was adapted for the screen by Chris Terrio. Ben Affleck’s directing the drama which is set in 1979 and based on a true story involving the rescue of diplomats in Tehran. Joshuah Bearman’s article is a detailed account of how the CIA set up a fake film production company and concocted an elaborate scheme in order to rescue six American diplomats.
If Cranston’s deal goes through he’ll be joining John Goodman, Alan Arkin, and Affleck (who’s directing and playing one of the key roles). Cranston’s been offered the role of CIA Agent Jack O’Donnell, Affleck’s character’s boss. George Clooney and Grant Heslov are producing.
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