Bill Murray Rock The Kasbah

While it’s still to be seen how Bill Murray will “Rock the Kasbah,” he certainly rocked a crowd of international distributors at a Berlin reception Friday, with director Barry Levinson and sales agent QED Intl.’s Bill Block in attendance.

Open Road Films has acquired U.S. distribution rights, in a deal clinched Wednesday in Berlin. It will give “Kasbah” a wide release, Block said.

Murray, dubbed “the Murricane” by Block, plays a has-been rock manager on tour in Afghanistan discovering a young Afghan girl whom he tutors through that country’s version of “American Idol.” Producers said they will cast an authentic Afghan singer.

Joking about his co-stars Murray said to laughs: “Bruce Willis is fun. He’s a very generous guy, he shows up with bottles of wine. Zooey Deschanel, she’s a big TV star now, but I knew her when she was just a nice person. Danny McBride is a big human being, he has a big soul. Shia LaBeouf I don’t know, but he’s got a funny name. But he’s dealing with that, that’s his problem.”

“Kasbah” will initiate principal photography June 2 in Marrakech, Morocco.

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