Bill Murray! I don’t even need to continue because you’ll go see the movie now. But I will. Rock the Kasbah is the latest film starring Bill Murray and a bunch of other people (Bruce Willis, Kate Hudson, Zooey Deschanel, and Danny McBride to name a few). The movie is about a has-been rock manager who goes over to Afghanistan and stumbles upon a new talent. The movie is directed by Barry Levinson and will be out October 23rd. I’m sold but they could have used The Clash or the very least, Rachid Taha’s cover of it.
A has-been rock manager from Van Nuys, California stumbles upon a once-in-a-lifetime voice in a remote Afghan cave in Rock the Kasbah, a dramatic comedy inspired by stranger-than-fiction, real-life events and directed by Oscar winner Barry Levinson. Richie Lanz (Bill Murray), dumped and stranded in war-torn Kabul by his last remaining client (Zooey Deschanel), discovers Salima Khan (Leem Lubany), a Pashtun teenager with a beautiful voice and the courageous dream of becoming the first woman to compete on national television in Afghanistan’s version of “American Idol.” Richie partners with a savvy hooker (Kate Hudson), a pair of hard-partying war profiteers (Danny McBride and Scott Caan) and a hair-trigger mercenary (Bruce Willis) and, braving dangerous cultural prejudices, manages his new protégée into becoming the “Afghan Star.”