'Argo' Release Date: Ben Affleck Oscar Contender Takes Ryan Gosling's Calendar Slot
Sometimes you can have too much of a good thing. That's what Warner Bros. is realizing, as the studio has to find room on its release calendar for two high-profile and star-driven potential Oscar contenders this fall. Warner Bros. announced late Monday that it would release Ben Affleck's "Argo" on Oct. 12, while simultaneously moving the Ryan Gosling-led "Gangster Squad" -- previously scheduled for that day -- to a later date in 2012.
Directed by Affleck, "Argo" tells the true-life story of a bizarre rescue mission during the 1979 Iran hostage crisis. Affleck also stars, alongside Alan Arkin, Bryan Cranston, John Goodman, Kyle Chandler (Coach!), Chris Messina and "Mad Men" co-star Christopher Stanley (Henry Francis). The film is based on a Wired article, which told the story of how the CIA used a fake sci-fi film to procure the hostages. George Clooney is a producer on "Argo," which was initially scheduled for a Sept. 14 bow -- right near where Warner Bros. debuted Affleck's last directorial outing, "The Town."
As for "Gangster Squad," the crime drama remains one of 2012's most anticipated outings. Directed by Ruben Fleischer ("Zombieland"), "Squad" focuses on a crime-fighting unit of LAPD officers in the 1940s. Gosling, Josh Brolin and Anthony Mackie star as the law, with Sean Penn playing famed crime boss Mickey Cohen. Emma Stone plays a supporting role as Gosling's love interest.
Expect to see "Gangster Squad" in theaters during either November or December.