You'd be hard pressed to find a bigger cast this fall than the all-star ensemble in Open Road Films' Rock the Kasbah. Lead by the inimitable Bill Murray, Rock the Kasbah also stars Kate Hudson, Zooey Deschanel, Danny McBride and Bruce Willis, all of whom we see in our exclusive TV spot for this upcoming comedy, hitting theaters nationwide October 23. If you're a sucker for an incredible true story adaptation, then Rock the Kasbah is right up your alley.
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."
Rock the Kasbah marks the latest collaboration between Bill Murray and his longtime friend and screenwriter Mitch Glazer. They both met while working on Saturday Night Live in the early 1980s, which lead to film collaborations Scrooged and Passion Play. Mitch Glazer also wrote A Very Murray Christmas, which debuts on Netflix this holiday season.
Rock the Kasbah will debut during one of the busiest weekends of the year at the box office. It will go up against The Weinstein Company's Burnt, starring Bradley Cooper, Universal's Jem and the Holograms and Paramount's Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension. Indie films I Smile Back and Suffragette also open in limited release on October 23. It will surely be a close race as these new movies all vie for box office supremacy.
After Rock the Kasbah and A Very Murray Christmas, Bill Murray will lend his voice to Baloo in Disney's animated adaptation of The Jungle Book. He also has a voice role in DreamWorks Animation's B.O.O.: Bureau of Otherworldly Operations, but that doesn't have a release date at this time. While we wait for more details on those new projects, check out our exclusive TV spot below. We also have a new photo gallery with over 20 images, including some very sexy shots of Kate Hudson, Bruce Willis and Zooey Deschanel.