Ben Affleck to Star in and Direct Forthcoming World War II Feature

Ben Affleck. Photo by Belen Diaz/DYDPPA/REX/Shutterstock (10144159n)

Ben Affleck to star in and direct the true-life War World II story Ghost Army, Universal Pictures announced Tuesday.

The feature is based on the book The Ghost Army of World War II by Rick Beyer and Elizabeth Sayles, as well as the documentary Ghost Army.

According to Variety, it tells the story of a squadron of American soldiers who were tasked with fooling the Nazis into thinking the US had larger troop numbers than it actually did. Armed with inflatable tanks and sound-effects records, their job was to create a variety of deceptions. 

With the project being in development for a while now, the script has already gone through several drafts, the first was penned by Henry Gayden (Shazam!), which was then reworked by Nic Pizzolatto (True Detective). Per the outlet, Affleck is expected to rework the screenplay once more. 

Affleck’s most recent credit as director is 2016’s period gangster drama for Warner Bros., Live by Night.