Martin Freeman Joins Tina Fey & Margot Robbie in 'Taliban Shuffle'
This winter will bring the final installment of Peter Jackson's trilogy adaptation of The Hobbit, which kept Martin Freeman busy for awhile, and has given him a promotional tour to look forward to every year for three years. In the meantime, in between those publicity engagements, he had time for The World's End, a new series of "Sherlock" and the first season of the anthology series "Fargo." Now the actor finally has time for a different project on the big screen again as THR reports the British actor is in talks to join Tina Fey in Taliban Shuffle, the adaptation of journalist Kim Barker's war memoir of the same name. More below!
For those who haven't heard of the book, here's the official synopsis:
When Kim Barker first arrived in Kabul as a journalist in 2002, she barely owned a passport, spoke only English and had little idea how to do the “Taliban Shuffle” between Afghanistan and Pakistan. No matter—her stories about Islamic militants and shaky reconstruction were soon overshadowed by the bigger news in Iraq. But as she delved deeper into Pakistan and Afghanistan, her love for the hapless countries grew, along with her fear for their future stability. In this darkly comic and unsparing memoir, Barker uses her wry, incisive voice to expose the absurdities and tragedies of the “forgotten war,” finding humor and humanity amid the rubble and heartbreak.
There's a hell of a team working to bring this project to life with Fey also producing the film with "Saturday Night Live" creator Lorne Michaels, and Crazy Stupid Love directing duo Glenn Ficarra and John Requa at the helm. Freeman will be playing a Scottish photojournalist and unexpected love interest for Fey, who finds herself competing with a ruthless on-air reporter played by Margot Robbie (The Wolf of Wall Street). It's been a good year for Freeman with two Emmy nominations, and he was just set to make his hosting debut on "Saturday Night Live" next month, so that'll be fun. Stay tuned for more.