Ben Affleck to Direct, Star in The Ghost Army World War II Drama

Argo director Ben Affleck will return to historical dramas with Ghost Army, about the U.S. Army's tactical deception unit during World War II.

Based on The Ghost Army of World War II, written by Rick Beyer and Elizabeth Sayles, and the documentary Ghost Army, the Universal Pictures film tells the true story of soldiers recruited from art schools, ad agencies and other creative backgrounds to trick the Nazis into believing U.S. troop numbers were much larger than they actually were. To do that they employed inflatable tanks, airplanes and even a harbor, and sound effects.

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A script draft was written by True Detective's Nic Pizzolatto, based on an early draft by Shazam! scribe Henry Gayden. Variety reports that Affleck, who will direct and star in Ghost Army, is expected to rework the screenplay.

Affleck will produce through his Pearl Street Films banner, along with Andrew Lazar and Mad Chance Productions.

Ghost Army is a project Affleck has wanted to tackle for a while, but scheduling and other commitments got in the way. He also is in the middle of filming Torrance at Warner Bros., a basketball movie, and a Netflix original The Last Thing He Wanted.

Affleck currently stars in Triple Frontier, now streaming on Netflix.

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