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Ben Affleck Eyeing Red Platoon as Next Directing Project
Aug 30, 2017 by: WENN
Ben Affleck is reportedly in talks with to direct Afghanistan war movie Red Platoon.
The project is based on the real-life Battle of Kamdesh, a 2009 clash, during which 300 Taliban fighters launched a pre-dawn raid on the remote U.S. Outpost Keating.
The script will focus on Staff Sergeant Clinton Romesha's heroic counterattack against enemy soldiers, which saved dozens of American lives and earned him the Congressional Medal of Honor.
Red Platoon may turn out to be a family project, with The Tracking Board reporting the Argo filmmaker's brother Casey Affleck is the frontrunner to play the lead. If he is cast as Romesha, the role will mark the first time he has worked with his sibling since starring in Ben's hit 2007 drama Gone Baby Gone.
Ben's friend George Clooney is producing Red Platoon with Josh Bratman of Immersive Pictures, Kerry Foster, and Smokehouse Pictures representative Grant Heslov from a script by Adam Cozad. However, it's rumored Affleck plans to bring in one of his trusted colleagues to rewrite the screenplay should he agree to direct the picture.
Meanwhile, Ben is preparing to reprise his role as The Caped Crusader in filmmaker Matt Reeves' highly anticipated action film The Batman. In recent months, all sorts of rumors have been flying around suggesting Ben wants to pull out of his role as the legendary DC Comics hero in forthcoming films, with his brother Casey even cracking a joke about the drama during a recent radio interview.
However, the Live By Night star has made it clear he can't wait to get into his Batman suit for fans onscreen.
"Let me be very clear, I am the luckiest guy in the world," he told fans at San Diego Comic-Con last month. "Batman is the coolest f**king part in any universe, DC, Marvel...
"I know there's this misconception that because I'm not directing it (The Batman), that maybe I wasn't enthusiastic about it, (but) it's f**king amazing! It's incredible! I'm really blown away and excited."
The Batman, which Ben was originally slated to direct, is expected to begin filming in early 2018.
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