Tina Fey and Martin Freeman Start Work on ‘Taliban Shuffle’-Inspired Film

Filming Begins on Taliban Shuffle Movie with Tina Fey, Martin Freeman
Tina Fey (Photo by Richard Chavez / ShowbizJunkies)

Filming has just gotten underway in New Mexico on an untitled comedy movie starring Tina Fey, Margot Robbie, and Martin Freeman. Paramount Pictures announced the start of production on the film based on The Taliban Shuffle: Strange Days in Afghanistan and Pakistan by Kim Barker and directed by Glenn Ficarra and John Requa (Crazy, Stupid, Love). SNL writer penned the screenplay and Fey, Lorne Michaels, and Ian Bryce are producing.

The cast also includes Billy Bob Thornton, Alfred Molina, Nicholas Braun, Christopher Abbott, Sheila Vand, Stephen Peacocke, and Evan Jonigkeit.

From the book’s publisher:

“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.”

-By Rebecca Murray

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