Bill Murray’s at it again, popping up in places you wouldn’t expect him to be. This time, however, it’s central to the plot of his new movie, Rock the Kasbah.
In the new trailer, Murray stars as seemingly down-on-his-luck rock and roll tour manager Richie Lanz, who takes his remaining client (Zooey Deschanel) to Afghanistan to perform for “two thousand horny soldiers.” The singer, in turn, robs him and strands him in the country without a passport and only an armed Bruce Willis to get by. In what can only be a zany journey out of Afghanistan, Lanz meets a young Afghani singer (Leem Lubany) and smuggles her into the Afghan Star competition in Kabul (which is basically American Idol).
The trailer also features Danny McBride hooting and holding a gun, Kate Hudson presumably reprising her role from Almost Famous, and Scott Caan in a hat. Bill Murray looks like he brings his A-game, for sure, and Rock the Kasbah looks like it will in no way be Orientalist or Islamophobic.
Rock the Kasbah, directed by Barry Levinson (Rain Man, Young Sherlock Holmes) and written by Mitch Glazer (Scrooged), will hit theaters Oct. 23.
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