Alan Arkin has signed on to star in the Ben Affleck hostage-drama ARGO, for Warner Bros. He will portray the role of Hollywood producer Lester Siegel. Based on the 2007 Wired magazine article by Joshuah Bearman, the true story tells of how the CIA, with help from Hollywood, used a fake movie project to smuggle hostages out of Tehran during the 1979 hostage crisis. The script is written by Chris Terrior and was a high mention on the 2010 Black List.
Smoke House’s George Clooney and Grant Heslov are producing with David Klawans. Nina Wolarsky will executive produce.
Arkin is repped by ICM and Principal Entertainment.