If there were a Mount Rushmore for comedic actors, Bill Murray’s face would have, without question, made the mountain many years ago. And, in addition to his early successes, as he’s gotten older his performances have only become more nuanced and satisfying. For this reason, every time it’s announced that he’s going to appear in a new movie, let alone take the lead role in a new movie, it’s an event that becomes a cause for celebration among cinephiles. So you’re probably going to want to get your party horns and confetti ready, because today news hit the Internet that Murray has his next starring role all lined up, and it’s a gig that’s going to see him working with one of the biggest directors of the last few decades.
Deadline is reporting that Murray is all set to star in Barry Levinson’s (Rain Man, Wag the Dog) next film, which is a project that comes from an original script by screenwriter Mitch Glazer (Scrooged) called Rock the Kasbah. In it Murray will be playing a down on his luck music manager who takes his one last client on a USO tour of Afghanistan in hopes of making some money, where he instead finds himself abandoned and penniless in a strange land.
The story doesn’t end there though, as it’s said that the character then comes across a young girl with a crazy-good voice, who stows away with him on a ride back to Kabul so that she can appear on a local reality show called The Afghan Star. It sounds like this one maybe has a little bit of Slumdog Millionaire going on in it as well as a little bit of The Sapphires? Either way, with Murray on board it’s already got everyone’s attention. Or, as Glazer puts it, “Bill Murray and Barry Levinson are the perfect team to capture the lunacy, heartbreak and hope of this story. I’m ecstatic.” Makes sense. With Murray getting a starring role in this as well as the upcoming St. Vincent, it’s looking like we could be entering another important period in the legend’s career. What’s not to be ecstatic about?