First ROCK THE KASBAH Image From The Film’s Set Shows Off All-Star cast

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It looks like we now have our first image from the set of director Barry Levinson’s new movie Rock the Kasbah.  In the film Bill Murray stars 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.”

Rock the Kasbah also stars Kate Hudson, Bruce Willis, Danny McBride, Zooey Deschanel and Scott CaanMitch Glazer (The Recruit) wrote the script.  I really like the idea of a $20 Million budget comedy with an original scenario and a cast like that.  It feels like the kind of mid-budget comedies Hollywood made up until 2008 or so.  It’s sort of a shame that the kind of material that used to be considered a mainstream “popcorn flick” would practically be considered limited-release/VOD film in this current climate.  I’m glad this film is getting better treatment (at least on the budget side of things).  Hit the jump for a better look at the Rock the Kasbah image.  Here’s hoping we hear more from Open Road on this one soon.

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  • Old Soldier

    It seems his lounge lizard character from SNL has moved up in the world.

    • Lex Walker

      At least until he gets to Afghanistan.

  • Old Soldier

    It seems his lounge lizard character from SNL has moved up in the world.

  • Lazy screenwriter

    “discovers a young girl with an extraordinary voice” – shame that they cast Zooey voice-sounds-like-she-has-scratched-and-snotty-vocal-chords Deschanel to play the character then…

    • Anthony Michael

      again, they didn’t. Zooey is nearly twice the age of the character. The female singer is played by Leem Lubany.

  • hazzin

    So a movie set in Afghanistan with an Afghani singer in leading role and the plot is about Afghanistan’s equivalent of AI and the cast is all white and American. How unsurprising. I’m wondering who will be playing the female singer – Zooey or Hudson? Or is it Bruce Willis?

    • Anthony Michael

      The female singer is played by Leem Lubany, an Israeli of Palestinian descent.

      • hazzin

        I was being sarcastic. Of course, the main singer was not going to be Caucasian and there will be probably some other actors/actresses of Afghan or Middle Eastern decent, but the point still stands that cast is overwhelmingly white. And these are no unknown actors, but movie stars, so I doubt they will get only 5 min. of screen time. Plus I find it insulting that the actress playing other main character (singer) is not even mentioned.

  • André Camilo

    Looks great. And I’m SOOO SO GLAD that Shia LaBeouf dropped out of this. I’m a big fan of Murray, Willis and Deschanel, and his presence in this would make it unwatchable to me. Scott Caan is alright though.

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