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 Caan. Mitch 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.