Bill Murray is poised to team up with Wag the Dog and Rain Man director Barry Levinson on the aptly named Rock the Kasbah. The Wrap reports that Murray will lead the pic, which centers on a music manager who goes on the USO tour to Afghanistan with his last remaining client. Once there, “he finds himself abandoned, penniless and without his passport and 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.” QED is producing the film, which boasts a script by Mitch Glazer (The Recruit, Magic City).
Hit the jump for a familiar cast addition to Guy Ritchie’s The Man from U.N.C.L.E. along with an official synopsis for the film.
Additionally, Warner Bros. has announced that Sherlock Holmes: Game of Shadows star Jared Harris will reunite with Shadows director Guy Ritchie on the 1960s TV series adaptation The Man from U.N.C.L.E. Ritchie joins a cast headed up by Henry Cavill (Man of Steel) as Napoleon Solo and Armie Hammer (The Social Network) as Illya Kuryakin, with Hugh Grant signed to play Waverly and Alicia Vikander (Anna Karenina) and Elizabeth Debicki (The Great Gatsby) rounding out the ensemble. No word on who Harris might be playing, but the official synopsis for the pic is as follows:
Set against the backdrop of the early 1960s, at the height of the Cold War, The Man from U.N.C.L.E. centers on CIA agent Solo and KGB agent Kuryakin. Forced to put aside longstanding hostilities, the two team up on a joint mission to stop a mysterious international criminal organization, which is bent on destabilizing the fragile balance of power through the proliferation of nuclear weapons and technology. The duo’s only lead is the daughter of a vanished German scientist, who is the key to infiltrating the criminal organization, and they must race against time to find him and prevent a worldwide catastrophe.
Ritchie wrote the screenplay alongside Lionel Wigram. Production on The Man from U.N.C.L.E. is set to begin on September 9th and will take place in England, Rome, and Naples.