Bill Murray

Screen acting legend and THN favourite Bill Murray is being lined up to star in Barry Levinson’s new film ROCK THE KASBAH, a project written by Mitch Glazer, who penned Murray’s brilliant retelling of the Dickens classic ‘A Christmas Carol,’ SCROOGED, back in 1988.

According to Variety, the film ‘follows 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, whom he sneaks back to Kabul to compete on the popular television show, “The Afghan Star,” Afghanistan’s equivalent of “American Idol.”’

Sounds like a perfect Murray fare, and Levinson has a superb history of work, including RAIN MAN, BUGSY and SLEEPERS. His more comedic efforts include TOYS, WAG THE DOG and BANDITS, but he impressed more recently with THE BAY, which found a key audience on DVD and Blu-Ray.

Murray has a few films lined up including Wes Anderson’s THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL and A GLIMPSE INSIDE THE MIND OF CHARLIE SAWN III for Roman Coppola.

Source: Variety

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