Ben Affleck to Direct, Star in ‘Ghost Army’ for Universal

Nic Pizzolatto (“True Detective”) wrote the latest draft of the World War II film’s script

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Ben Affleck will direct and star in Universal Pictures’ “Ghost Army,” the studio announced Tuesday.

“Ghost Army” will be based on Rick Beyer and Elizabeth Sayles’ book titled “The Ghost Army of World War II” as well as the Netflix documentary “Ghost Army.”

Nic Pizzolatto (“True Detective”) wrote the latest script, with an earlier draft by Henry Gayden (“Shazam!”). Affleck will produce for his Pearl Street Films alongside Andrew Lazar (“American Sniper”), who will produce for his Mad Chance Productions. Pearl Street Films’ Madison Ainley will executive produce. Universal’s EVP of Production Mark Sourian will oversee the project.

The book describes a little-known maneuver into Germany during World War II.

Affleck most recently starred in “Triple Frontier” and “Justice League,” and will be next seen in “Torrance” and “The Last Thing He Wanted.” He most recently directed “Live by Night,” and his other directing credits include “Argo,” “The Town” and “Gone Baby Gone.”

Affleck is represented by WME and Ziffren Brittenham LLP, while Gayden is repped by UTA and Kaplan/Perrone Entertainment. Lazar is represented by David Weber and A.J. Brandenstein of Sloane, Offer, Weber and Dern. Pizzolatto is represented by WME, Anonymous Content and 42 West.