Kyle Chandler is one of those actors who is a journeyman, logging time on a number of television shows — “Homefront” and “Early Edition” among them — and appearing in small roles in a number of films before finally landing what would be his star-making turn in “Friday Night Lights.” The critically acclaimed show struggled for survival throughout its five seasons, but it was a launchpad for folks like Taylor Kitsch, Adrianne Palicki and Minka Kelly and for Chandler as well, it put him firmly on the radar thanks to his turn as Eric Taylor. J.J. Abrams made a great choice in slotting him in “Super 8” and now Chandler will see his stock rise with a role in another highly touted pic.
Now USA Today reveals that Chandler has joined Ben Affleck‘s upcoming “Argo.” Starring Bryan Cranston, John Goodman, Alan Arkin, Scoot McNairy and Affleck himself, the film is based on the true story about a C.I.A. plan to rescue a group of diplomats from Tehran after the 1979 Iranian revolution by claiming that they were part of a Hollywood movie crew shooting a film in the country. The paper says Chandler’s role is a “small part” though no word yet on what it actually is.
We’d guess production on the film should be happening very soon, but if you need more Coach Taylor in your life not to fear. Peter Berg is hoping to get another “Friday Nights Lights” film off the ground with Chandler and Connie Britton reprising their roles.