Ben Affleck making comeback after leaving Batman with Ghost Army movie

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Batfleck may be no more, but Ben Affleck has already lined-up his next big project after saying goodbye to the Caped Crusader.

The actor will direct and is also attached to star in a new movie called Ghost Army, which is being written by True Detective's Nic Pizzolatto.

The project is adapted from book *deep breath* 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 and Elizabeth Sayles, and is set during World War II.

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As the book title suggests, it follows a secret force that used illusion and sleight of hand to fool the Nazis in 1944, including inflatable tanks and sound affects, and trick them into deploying forces in the wrong places.

The force, which is also subject of 2013 PBS documentary The Ghost Army, was credited with saving thousands of American lives.

Affleck confirmed earlier this year that he would not be returning as Batman, though admitted he was "excited" to see director Matt Reeves' vision of standalone movie The Batman come to life without him.

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Speaking a bit later about why he quit, the actor explained: "I tried to direct a version of it and worked with a really good screenwriter, but just couldn't come up with a version – I couldn't crack it.

"And so it was time to let someone take a shot at it. They've got some really good people."

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