New Trailer for ‘Rock the Kasbah’ Suggests That it Might Blend the Two Sides of Bill Murray

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Looking over the film career of Bill Murray, it seems as if there was line drawn in the middle — the point where the tone of Murray’s characters shifted from snarky charmers living a life free of consequence to sad sacks, successful yet hollow. But the trailers for Rock the Kasbah, the new film by Barry Levinson, looks like it might’ve found that middle ground between the two, allowing the two sides of Murray to blend in a rock ‘n’ roll comedy with strong political overtones. Of course, that’s just what I’m saying about the trailer, of which the second one just recently hit the internet. Recently, however, Levinson has tried to blend a political slant to comedy, like he did with Man of the Year, and completely fallen flat. The sheer involvement of Bill Murray lends a bit of faith towards any project, though he’s had a few recent misfires. One thing you can never say about Murray is that he doesn’t put effort into those misfires, and he’ll appear alongside Kate Hudson, Zooey Deschanel, Danny McBride, Scott Caan, Leem Lubany, Arian Moayed, and Bruce Willis. Here’s hoping Rock the Kasbah goes a bit more smoothly than recent international intervention. We’ll know for sure when Rock the Kasbah opens in theaters on October 23rd, 2015.

The official synopsis for Rock the Kasbah:

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.”

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