Bill Murray to Star as Music Manager in Comedy Set in Afghanistan
The Toronto Film Festival kicks off on Sept. 5, which means we’re about to start hearing news about some of the still-in-the-works films the industry is most excited about. One of biggest, according to The Hollywood Reporter, will be Rock the Kasbah, a comedy set in Afghanistan that follows a burned-out music manager who goes on a USO tour with the only client he has left. That “burned-out music manager” will be played by Bill Murray.
Once there, according to production company QED, “…he discovers a young girl with an extraordinary voice, who stows away with him back to Kabul to compete on the popular television show The Afghan Star, Afghanistan’s equivalent of American Idol.”
The film will be directed by Barry Levinson (Wag the Dog, Rain Man, Good Morning, Vietnam), and written by Mitch Glazer, who also penned Scrooged, the 1988 comedy featuring Murray as a Scrooge-like TV executive who learns his lesson on Christmas Eve.
QED’s Bill Block went on to call Murray and Levinson, who have never worked together, “the perfect team to capture the lunacy, heartbreak and hope of this story.”
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