‘Rock the Kasbah’ Trailer, Bill Murray’s Character & the Movie’s Director Have Something in Common

Rock the Kasbah trailer

Billy Murray in Rock the Kasbah

Photo: Open Road Films

Open Road has premiered the first trailer for Rock the Kasbah, a new comedy starring Billy Murray as a washed-up music producer who finds one last shot at redemption with a golden-voiced young girl in Afghanistan. Along with Murray the film co-stars Zooey Deschanel, Bruce Willis, Kate Hudson, Danny McBride, Taylor Kinney and Scott Caan.

Here’s the official plot synopsis:

Rock the Kasbah is the story of Richie Lanz, a rock manager with a golden ear and a taste for talent, who has seen better times. When he takes his last remaining client on a USO tour of Afghanistan, she gets cold feet and leaves him penniless and without his passport in Kabul. While trying to find his way home, Richie befriends a band of misfits and discovers a young girl with an extraordinary voice. Against all odds, Richie will take his last shot at creating an unlikely superstar.

The movie is directed by Barry Levinson whose work has really dropped off since the days of Good Morning, Vietnam, Rain Man and Wag the Dog. I never ended up seeing his last film, The Humbling, I disliked The Bay, skipped What Just Happened and Man of the Year was a mess. Hmmmmm, it’s almost as if Levinson and his lead character in Rock the Kasbah have something in common? Odds on both of them finding redemption? We’ll find out on Oct. 23, but for now here’s your first look at the trailer and poster.

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Rock the Kasbah poster