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Bill Murray set to star in Barry Levinson’s “Rock the Kasbah.”

Qed’s Bill Block, Venture Forth’s Jacob Pechenik and Shangri-La Entertainment’s Steve Bing will produce. Mitch Glazer penned the script.

Story follows a burned-out music manager who goes to Afghanistan on the Uso tour with his last remaining client. When he finds himself abandoned, penniless and without his passport, he discovers a young girl with an extraordinary voice, whom he sneaks back to Kabul to compete on the popular television show, “The Afghan Star,” Afghanistan’s equivalent of “American Idol.”

Qed will be selling international rights at the Toronto Film Festival.

Murray can be seen next in Sony’s “Monuments Men.” The ICM Partners-repped Levinson most recently directed “The Bay.” »


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