Ben Affleck is currently developing a new political thriller which will be set in Africa.

The 41-year-old star is set to star in and direct the film following the huge success of his award-winning Argo last year.

Deadline have reported that Affleck will work alongside long-time collaborator and close friend Matt Damon on the project that will be produced by Pearl Street Films and Warner Bros.

Will Staples has been hired to write the script for the thriller which will be based around a group of mercenaries hired to kill a warlord in Africa.