Los Angeles: Hollywood actor Ben Affleck will star in and direct the upcoming film “Ghost Army”, based on the book “The Ghost Army of World War II”, written by Rick Beyer and Elizabeth Sayles, as well as the documentary “Ghost Army.”
It’s unclear when the movie will go into production as it’s still in development, and Affleck is expected to rework the screenplay, reports variety.com.
The film tells the true story of a squadron of recruits from art schools, ad agencies and other creative businesses who were tasked with fooling the Nazis into thinking the US had larger troop numbers than it actually did.
The book follows a group of young GIs, including fashion designer Bill Blass, painter Ellsworth Kelly, artist Arthur Singer, photographer Art Kane, and others, who conduct a secret mission. Their job was to create a travelling road show of deception, armed with inflatable tanks and sound-effects records.
Affleck had been eyeing the movie for some time, but a busy schedule shooting the basketball drama “Torrance” and the Netflix film “The Last Thing He Wanted” prevented him from committing.