After working with Will Smith and Margot Robbie in the not-so-great crime caper Focus, the directors Glenn Ficarra and John Requa are now heading to Afghanistan and Pakistan with Tina Fey for Whiskey Tango Foxtrot. Adapted from Kim Barker‘s beloved memoir “The Taliban Shuffle,” the film tells the story of how Barker volunteered to be work as a reporter in the Middle East, in areas like Kabul, as both a way of shaking up her professional career and changing her idea of a social life. You can check out the brand new trailer for the film right below:
The film also reteams the directors with the intensely talented Robbie, who will be seen later this year in the hotly anticipated Suicide Squad as Harley Quinn and as Jane in The Legend of Tarzan. Her role as Tanya is highlighted her a lot more than it was in the first trailer, underlining the need for some kind of socializing and sex life when you’re isolated in a foreign country, without the routine of being at home. There’s also a newfound look at how military procedure disrupts matters that Kim thinks are boring or indifferent – see: the scene with the orange bag. One can expect both of these issues being part of the film’s thematic make-up, if not necessarily to the degree one would think.
The film co-stars Billy Bob Thornton, who is currently filming Bad Santa 2, as the face of military operations where Kim and Tanya are stationed, and Martin Freeman, who will next be seen in a secretive role in Captain America: Civil War, in the role of an English reporter who begins flirting with Kim while on assignment. In terms of casting, Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, working from a script by Fey collaborator Robert Carlock, could not be more promising, so we’ll just have to wait and see what Carlock, Requa, and Ficarra give them to work with when the film is released by Paramount on March 4th.