'Argo' Trailer: Ben Affleck Shows Us How the CIA Faked a Sci-Fi Movie to Rescue American Hostages in Iran

'Argo' Trailer: Ben Affleck Shows Us How the CIA Faked a Sci-Fi Movie to Rescue American Hostages in Iran

May 08, 2012

The first international trailer for Ben Affleck's Argo has just arrived online, and it looks just as engrossing and addictive as the real-life story it's based on. Directed by and starring Affleck, Argo tracks a covert CIA mission to rescue six American hostages during the Iranian revolution in 1979. With no real strategy in place, they came up with the idea to send in a team posing as Hollywood figures looking to make a sci-fi movie. The events that transpired were kept secret for years, and were later revealed in a terrific Wired article called How the CIA Used a Fake Sci-Fi Flick to Rescue Americans from Tehran, of which this film is based on. 

Affleck is surrounded by a cast that includes John Goodman, Alan Arkin, Bryan Cranston, Chris Messina, Kyle Chandler, Richard Kind, Michael Parks, and more, and this thing just oozes Ocean's Eleven-esque cool. Meanwhile, Affleck is becoming a better filmmaker with each film he tackles, and there's no doubt Argo will be competing for awards come the end of the year. And even if it doesn't, this trailer makes it look like one helluva fun, edge-of-your-seat moviegoing experience.

Check it out below and let us know what you think. Argo hits theaters on October 12th, and will probably premiere a drop earlier at the Toronto International Film Festival in September.

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