HOLLYWOOD, CA (February 11, 2014) – Paramount Pictures announced that principal photography has commenced on the “UNTITLED TINA FEY – MARGOT ROBBIE – MARTIN FREEMAN PROJECT,” starring Tina Fey (“30 Rock,” “THIS IS WHERE I LEAVE YOU”), Margot Robbie (“FOCUS,” “THE WOLF OF WALL STREET”) and Martin Freeman (“THE HOBBIT” franchise, “Sherlock”).
Based on the autobiography The Taliban Shuffle: Strange Days in Afghanistan and Pakistan by Kim Barker, which the NY Times called “hilarious and harrowing, witty and illuminating, all at the same time,” the film is directed by Glenn Ficarra and John Requa (“FOCUS,” “CRAZY, STUPID, LOVE”) from a screenplay by Robert Carlock (“Saturday Night Live,” “30 Rock”). The producers are Lorne Michaels (“Saturday Night Live,” “THREE AMIGOS,” “MEAN GIRLS”), Tina Fey and Ian Bryce (“TRANSFORMERS” franchise, “WORLD WAR Z”).
The film also stars Alfred Molina (“The Normal Heart,” “Law & Order: LA”), Nicholas Braun (“GET A JOB,” “THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER”), Christopher Abbott (“A MOST VIOLENT YEAR,” “Girls”), Sheila Vand (“State of Affairs,” “ARGO”), Stephen Peacocke (“Home and Away,” “HERCULES”), Evan Jonigkeit (“BONE TOMAHAWK,” “X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST”) and Billy Bob Thornton (“THE JUDGE,” “Fargo”).
Shooting in now underway in New Mexico.
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