Fresh from the success of his Iranian Hostage Crisis flick, Argo, Ben Affleck is planning a new political thriller that is sure to cause a firestorm of debate. The project, which is tentatively titled “The Unforseeable,” tells the story of the Benghazi tragedy from a highly dramatized perspective. Rumors are already circulating that the popular Hollywood celeb has Oscar aspirations for the film.
As many readers will recall, the CIA outpost and United States consulate in Benghazi, Libya, was attacked on September 11, 2012 by Al Qaeda terrorists. Despite repeated warnings and urgent calls, President Obama ordered U.S. Marines to stand down while he and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton surveyed the situation. In the aftermath, four American heroes were brutally murdered, including Ambassador Christopher Stevens. A damning Congressional report has had little effect on the administration and no public official has yet been held accountable for the deaths, nor has the president apologized.
Many critics wonder if the upcoming movie will be an attempt by liberals in Hollywood to recast the events in Benghazi in a sympathetic light. Others note that the Obama administration has tentatively agreed to give Affleck and his crew access to the military personnel involved and background information on the Libyan outpost itself, even though they have denied that same access to Congressional investigators.
According to a brief item in last week’s Variety, Ben Affleck has selected Alec Baldwin of 30 Rock fame to play Ambassador Stevens. In addition, the scriptwriters have added a love interest for the diplomat, to be played by reality TV star Kim Kardashian. Kardashian’s rapper husband, Kanye West, is even rumored to be up for the role of President Obama, according to a now-deleted tweet by the black singer himself. Together, the trendy stars are an important element in making the big budget production a financial success. While some of the darker elements of the real-life story have been left out, it is hoped the film will be exciting and glamorous enough to attract a strong teen audience.
Rounding out the cast, comedian Zach Galifianakis will play a loveable but bumbling CIA agent who is the primary catalyst for the violence at the consulate. One anonymous commenter on TMZ.com recently revealed that it’s Galifianakis’ character who fails to inform Washington about the Islamists gathering at the gates and who accidentally infuriates them by burning a copy of the Koran. With Argo, Affleck defended similar embellishments and changes by noting, “We compressed some things and did things that any other sort of ‘based on a true story’ movie would do, because you can’t have a five-hour movie and you have to tell a story expeditiously.”
The movie is likely to be a win-win situation for Hillary Clinton as she gears up for a 2016 presidential run and looks to distance herself from the events in Libya. For Barack Obama, Ben Affleck’s blockbuster could be the public affirmation of his innocence that he so desperately seeks.
Filming is set to start in the late spring at various desert locations in Western California as soon as Affleck’s Batman enters post-production.