Ben Affleck to Star & Direct Universal Pictures ‘Ghost Army’

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Deadline reported, Ben Affleck is set to direct and star in Universal Pictures ‘Ghost Army.’

Based on the book ‘The Ghost Army of World War II: How One Top-Secret Unit Deceived the Enemy with Inflatable Tanks, Sound Effects, and Other Audacious Fakery’ by Rick Beyer & Elizabeth Sayles, the script is based on Netflix’s documentary of Ghost Army. 

Nic Pizzolatto will pen the screenplay.Mad Chance Productions and producing along Affleck through Pearl Street Films.

The drama tells the story of a secret force that relied on sleight of hand and illusion to trick the Nazis in 1944. A group of soldiers including future luminaries Bill Blass, Ellsworth Kelly, Arthur Singer, Victor Dowd, Art Kane and Jack Masey landed in France to conduct a secret mission. Armed with truckloads of inflatable tanks and a massive collection of sound-effects records, they created the illusion of troop strength on European battlefields to trick the Germans into deploying forces in the wrong places.