Later this year, the legendary Bill Murray will be seen on the big screen opposite George Clooney, Cate Blanchett, Matt Damon, John Goodman, and Jean Dujardin in the WWII dramedy The Monuments Men. Following The Monuments Men, Murray doesn’t plan on slowing down. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Murray will star in Barry Levinson’s comedy Rock The Kasbah.
The film will tell the story of a burned-out music manager (Murray) 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. The film will mark the reunion between Murray and Scrooged writer Mitch Glazer, who will write the script for Levinson.
QED ‘s Bill Block has called the union of Murray and Levinson, “the perfect team to capture the lunacy, heartbreak and hope of this story.” QED will be trying to sell the project at the Toronto International Film Festival later this month.
The last comedy Levinson directed was 1997’s Wag The Dog starring Dustin Hoffman. Originally, the director was supposed to helm the crime drama Black Mass next, but Johnny Depp backed out of the project. Levinson directing a film starring Bill Murray is a much better move anyway. Check back for more updates on Rock The Kasbah as they come our way.