The heated political situation and conflicts in Kabul might not make it the easiest place to generate laughs, but Tina Fey (Date Night) is aiming to do just that with the new war reporter comedy drama Whiskey Tango Foxtrot.
Glenn Ficarra and John Requa are directing this one, which Fey's 30 Rock collaborator Robert Carlock adapted from Kim Barker's real life memoir of life as a war correspondent. The Taliban Shuffle: Strange Days In Afghanistan And Pakistan charts her time as a journalist in Kabul in 2002, where with no foreign languages among her skillset 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, agreeing to head overseas on assignment partly so she can change what she sees as a singularly unsatisfying life and career. Upon arrival, she discovers that she is suddenly a sex object (mostly thanks to the lack of women in the area aside from fellow correspondent Margot Robbie) and that she will have to navigate both the politics and the fact that it is a war zone. It promises some typically witty Fey material and Martin Freeman (The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug) as a dedicated photojournalist who might just have a thing for her.
Whiskey Tango Foxtrot is out here on 4 March.