A year ago Ben Affleck released a movie in the middle of September, and even though it was a fairly small-scale and predictable bank robber thriller, it made a ton of money, got great reviews, and by most accounts came very close to getting a Best Picture nomination. Now Affleck is making another movie for Warner Bros., Argo, and the studio is apparently planning the same strategy that worked so well for The Town the first time around. According to Deadline, the studio has scheduled a release date of September 14, 2012 for the movie, which is shooting now.

That slot put the movie smack dab in the middle of the Toronto International Film Festival, where it seems likely to appear, and also at the start of Oscar season. The great thing about Argo is that it has everything it needs to be even more interesting than The Town. It's an adaptation of this Wired article, about the CIA effort to rescue four hostages held in Iran in 1979. They pulled off the rescue by sending in a team of agents pretending to be a movie crew filming a fake movie called Argo, and the ruse was so elaborate they even doctored up fake movie posters. Not only is the story fascinating, but it stars all kinds of actors you'll watch do just about anything-- the cast includes Bryan Cranston, John Goodman, Alan Arkin, tate Donovan, and, oh, Affleck himself.

So anyway, around this time next year we'll finally get a look at what Affleck and his crew are up to in the desert-- and if the release date is any indication of quality, we've got plenty to look forward to.

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