The Hollywood factory never stops production and, even after an enormous event like Sundance, the industry is always progressively moving to the next big shindig. Up next is the Berlin International Film Festival and with such a high profile occasion, there are always announcements and deals to be made.
For instance, today we learned that indie comedy “Rock the Kasbah” has added four new high profile actors to its cast list. Kate Hudson, Danny McBride, Shia LaBeouf, and Zooey Deschanel will be joining Bruce Willis and Bill Murray in a comedy about a washed up rock manager who is abandoned in Afghanistan after a failed USO tour. While there he meets a young girl with an incredible talent for singing. Working as her manager, he plans to help her win the Afghan version of “American Idol.”
The film will be directed by Barry Levinson (“The Bay”) from a script written by Mitch Glazer (“Magic City”). Production is expected to start next June.
One of the minor side notes to make about this film is that it’s interesting to see Shia LaBeouf is still securing work on high profile projects. Despite a tumultuous few months on Twitter, allegations of copyright infringement, and rumors of trouble on the set of “Fury” he seems to be surging along. With two actors like Bruce Willis and Bill Murray, who are no strangers to confrontation, it’ll be interesting to see if the atmosphere on this production will remain mellow and calm. I honestly hope it does as the project sounds brilliant and I’d like to see Shia bounce back with something that could be well-received like this project.