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

Ben Affleck will direct Ghost Army for Universal Pictures.

 The 46-year-old actor will also star in the true-life War World II story based on the book The Ghost Army of World War II by Rick Beyer and Elizabeth Sayles, as well as the documentary of the same name. 

The story follows a squadron of recruits who were tasked with deceiving the Nazis in creative ways to make them think that the US had larger troop numbers than it actually did, or that armies were in certain positions when in actuality no armies were even close. Armed with inflatable tanks and sound-effects records, their deceptions saved countless lives.

True Detective creator, Nic Pizzolatto, penned the latest version, a rework of the first draft by Henry Gayden (Shazam!). According to Variety, Affleck is expected to rework the screenplay once more. 

Affleck is also set to produce via his Pearl Street Films alongside Andrew Lazar for his Mad Chance Productions. 

The news was confirmed by the studio Tuesday.