Rock the Kasbah Trailer: Bill Murray in Afghanistan

A new Australian trailer has dropped for Rock the Kasbah, the upcoming comedy starring Bill Murray.

The film sees Murray play Richie Lanz, a has-been rock manager who takes his last client (Zooey Deschanel) on a USO tour of Afghanistan. Things don’t go according to plan, and Richie ends up stranded in Kabul without a cent and with no passport. He meets a young girl (Leem Lubany) determined to make use of her singing talent and ends up managing her as she takes part in Afghan Star, the popular Afghanistan version of American Idol.

Academy Award-winning director Barry Levinson (Good Morning, Vietnam, Rain Man, Sleepers) is at the helm here, directing what looks like an amusing and layered little comedy. The tone is a little hard to grasp, but there’s plenty to suggest this could be a winner. Arguably, Levinson hasn’t had a hit since 1997’s Wag the Dog, so here’s hoping this one benefits from a strong cast and a wide-encompassing concept.

Rock the Kasbah, also starring Bruce Willis, Kate Hudson, Danny McBride, Taylor Kinney and Scott Caan, hits the U.S. on October 23 and Australia on November 5.

Synopsis for Rock the Kasbah:

ROCK THE KASBAH is the story of 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.”

Rock the Kasbah - movie poster