Shia LaBeouf Retiring? Not So Fast – He (and a Bunch of Others) Have Joined ‘Rock the Kasbah’

By January 31, 2014

In news that will shock no one, it looks like Shia LaBeouf’s ‘retirement’  has already come to an end less than a month after he announced he was leaving the public eye because of “attacks against his artistic integrity.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, LaBeouf, Kate Hudson, Danny McBride and Zooey Deschanel have joined the cast of an indie comedy called Rock the Kasbah, which already includes stars Bill Murray and Bruce WillisBarry Levinson (Rain Man, The Natural, Sleepers) is on board to direct.

The project is being produced by Tom Freston and megaproducer Brian Grazer, with an original script by Mitch Glazer (Scrooged). As a comedy fan, it would be hard not to get excited about Murray and Levinson teaming up and screenwriter Glazer couldn’t agree more:

“Bill Murray and Barry Levinson are the perfect team to capture the lunacy, heartbreak and hope of this story. I’m ecstatic.”

The film stars Murray as a down-on-his-luck music manager who visits Afghanistan where he becomes stranded without money or a passport. It is there that he discovers a young singing prodigy and enters her into an American Idol-style reality competition called Afghan Star. I am so on board with this film already, it’s ridiculous.

Levinson had this to say about the casting news:

“I couldn’t have dreamed of a more perfect team of comic actors to round out this wickedly funny and heartfelt film.”

Filming on Rock the Kasbah is set to begin in June.

Are you excited about this film? Let us know in the comments!

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Desi Jedeikin

Desi Jedeikin

Desi Jedeikin is a Los Angeles based writer and performer. She has appeared in numerous sketch comedy/improv shows at venues in L.A., including the Groundlings Theater, Comedy Central Stage, and the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater, where she played Squeaky Fromme in the infamous alternative comedy show Comedy Death Ray. Unfinished projects include a memoir and a musical based on the life and death of JonBenet Ramsey. She has lots of other brilliant ideas she might complete. She really just needs more encouragement. You can follow Desi on Twitter: @Desijedeikin Here: And here too: She likes being followed.
  • Sir.Alex

    I just love this guy and I don`t ever want him to retire. He is going to Rock `the Kashbah`
    Am I excited about this film? No offense but Oh yah! I`m excited like hell.

  • Pavel Mahmood

    I`m damn sure this film will be another great hit…No doubt!