Open Road Films has announced that they have acquired U.S. distribution rights to Barry Levinson's comedy Rock the Kasbah. Bill Murray, Bruce Willis, Kate Hudson, Danny McBride, Shia LaBeouf and Zooey Deschanel will star.
The film follows Richie Vance, a has-been rock manager who takes his last remaining client on a USO tour of Afghanistan. When Richie finds himself in Kabul, abandoned, penniless and without his passport, he discovers a young girl with an extraordinary voice and manages her through Afghanistan's version of American Idol, the wildly popular "Afghan Star."
OpenRoad Films CEO Tom Ortenberg had this to say about the project.
"We were blown away by the script for Rock the Kasbah. We are thrilled to re-team with Bill Block and his team at QED and looking forward to working with legendary filmmaker Barry Levinson and this incredible ensemble cast led by the one and only Bill Murray."
QED International CEO Bill Block added.
"With its brilliant script, superb cast and Barry Levinson at the helm, Rock the Kasbah promises to be a true comedy event on a global scale. Open Road's proven track record with so many different genres makes them a perfect home for this unique project, and we couldn't be more excited to continue the relationship with Tom and his team."