I think we can all take a moment and celebrate the fact that Bill Murray is an absolute American treasure at this point. After his iconic work in films like Ghostbusters, Caddyshack, Meatballs, Groundhog Day, and even into more dramatic movies like Lost in Translation or St. Vincent, he’s become a pop culture icon unlike most other talents out there nowadays. On top of all of his incredible work onscreen too, all the random stories that pop up online every now and then about Murray crashing a couple’s engagement photos or giving a groom the best bachelor party advice of all time, just make it seem more and more like Bill Murray might just be the coolest guy ever.
He continues to choose interesting and fun new projects too, with St. Vincent even being one of the sweetest films of last year. It looks like Murray might have yet another really special project coming out too in Rock the Kasbah, and has the potential to be one of the most interesting comedies of the entire year.
A new trailer for Rock the Kasbah was released online today (via Yahoo! Movies) and not only features a large array of fun, hilarious gags with Murray, but also showcases several of the film’s other talented stars including Bruce Willis, Zooey Deschanel, Kate Hudson, Danny McBride, and more. Check out the trailer below:
Here’s the film’s official synopsis:
“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.’”
There haven’t been many stand out comedy films so far this year when you really think about it, with Amy Schumer’s Trainwreck being about the only one this year that has generated any buzz up until this point. Keeping that in mind though, Rock the Kasbah looks like it has the possibility of being one of, if not the stand out comedy of the year.
Now, I’m usually a little hesitant to get excited about these kinds of films too, especially considering how deceiving their trailers can be. But Rock the Kasbah looks like some kind of crazy mash-up of several different genres and tones into one film, with Bill Murray at the center of all of this craziness. The rest of the cast is filled with all-star supporting players as well, and it’ll be interesting to see how well the film actually manages to balance all of it’s own zaniness.
Rock the Kasbah is set to hit theatres on October 23rd.
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