Sunday, 7 December 2014

Martin Freeman in talks for The Taliban Shuffle

Martin Freeman (The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug) is having a very good year indeed. He won acclaim (and an Emmy nomination) for Fargo series and more praise (plus an actual Emmy) for Sherlock and recently worked on the BBC's drama The Eichmann Show. News arrives via The Hollywood Reporter that he is once looking to the big screen, entering talks to join Tina Fey (Date Night) in Taliban Shuffle.

The story has been adapted from Kim Barker's wartime memoir, subtitled Strange Days In Afghanistan And Pakistan. It charts her time as a journalist in Kabul in 2002, where with no foreign languages among her skill set and precious little idea how to get between Pakistan and Afghanistan, she was thrown in at the deep end. Slowly but surely, she grew to love the region, even as she became increasingly worried about its future.

Fey is playing Barker, and Margot Robbie (The Wolf Of Wall Street) is also aboard as a competitive on-air news anchor that becomes friends with her, yet turns out to be ruthless in finding a story that will make her career. Freeman is set to fill the role of Barker's love interest, a dedicated Scottish photojournalist. Glenn Ficarra and John Requa (Crazy, Stupid, Love.) are gearing up to the shoot the black comedy, which should hit cinemas next year.

Freeman will next be seen in Peter Jackson's defining chapter of the Hobbit trilogy, The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies, which arrives in cinemas 12 December.

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