Actor Bill Murray will star in Rock the Kasbah for director Barry Levinson, reports The Hollywood Reporter.
The screenplay for Kasbah comes from Mitch Glazer. Glazer penned the 1988 comedy, Scrooged. The current plan is to introduce the comedy to buyers at the Toronto International Film Festival this month.
According to THR, the producers for the film are QED’s Bill Block, Venture Forth’s Jacob Pechenik and Shangri-La Entertainment’s Steve Bing.
The main synopsis of the film is that it tells “the story of a burned-out music manager who goes to Afghanistan on the USO tour with his last remaining client. When he finds himself abandoned, penniless and without his passport, 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.”
“Bill Murray and Barry Levinson are the perfect team to capture the lunacy, heartbreak and hope of this story. I’m ecstatic,” said Glazer.
Getting Murray on board is a huge get knowing how picky the actor is when it comes to selecting his roles in films. For many years, he was the only holdup to Ghostbusters 3 moving into production.