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It appears that Ben Affleck has finally found his next directorial project. Nearly three years after the disappointing crime drama Live by Night, and in the wake of exiting the director’s chair (and eventually starring role) of The Batman, THR reports that Affleck has signed on to direct and star in Ghost Army for Universal Pictures. The film is based on a true story and draws from the Rick Beyer and Elizabeth Sayles book The Ghost Army of World War II, which chronicles how a squadron of American soldiers used old-fashioned smoke-and-mirrors to save lives. Selected for their creativity and ingenuity, they used blow-up tanks, fake radio transmissions, and noise machines to deceive the German forces, hiding the allies’ true locations and saving countless lives in the process.
Affleck will produce for his Pearl Street Films banner alongside Andrew Lazar, and the project is being set up at Universal. Affleck began his directorial career with 2007’s excellent drama Gone Baby Gone, followed by the tense 2010 crime thriller The Town, which was then followed by 2012’s true-story historical thriller Argo. His third film won the Best Picture Oscar despite Affleck being surprisingly left out of the director’s race, although he won the Director’s Guild of...
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