Martin Freeman (The Office, Sherlock) and Tina Fey (30 Rock, Baby Mama) in one film: This sounds like a cross-cultural dream team.
At first glance the title may sound like a romantic comedy, or maybe that’s wishful thinking because we’d like to see these two coupled up on screen, but it’s actually a wartime satire based on Kim Barker’s 2011 memoir The Taliban Shuffle Strange Days in Afghanistan and Pakistan, reports ComingSoon.net.
The story is an account of Barker’s (Fey) time in Afghanistan and Pakistan as a journalist.
Freeman’s role in the film has yet to be disclosed, but the book description does reveal Barker’s boyfriend is in the picture. He’s also a journalist and competes with her to cover the same story. Could Freeman be portraying said boyfriend?
We will have to sit tight for the time being.
Paramount Pictures has released some on set photos, where we see the two cozying up:
Here’s a look at Fey in her “Don’t mess with me” stance:
And meeting military officials:
You may think to yourself, “A funny book about Afghanistan and Pakistan?,” which is exactly what New York Times writer Michiko Kakutani wrote in her review of the book. She answered her own question, writing, “[Kim Barker] has written an account of her experiences covering Afghanistan and Pakistan that manages to be hilarious and harrowing, witty and illuminating, all at the same time.”
She even compares Barker to a Tina Fey-like character in her description in 2011, and look where we are now in 2015. That’s some foreshadowing.
Fey released a statement talking about her experiences filming, saying, “For me to get to do a movie where I fly in helicopters and shoot guns and run from explosions, that’s a treat.”
In the statement she talks about how, if she went on a different path, she could have easily been a Pennsylvania high school teacher and how she can relate to Barker, saying, “The idea of someone having a very large life experience that no one would have expected was something very easy for me to connect with.”
We’re looking forward to seeing Fey opposite her pal and colleague Amy Poehler in the holiday release Sisters, in U.S. theaters on December 18, 2015.
And of course we know to look for Freeman in the Sherlock Victorian Special on PBS in the U.S. and BBC in the U.K. on January 1.
Whiskey Tango Foxtrot is expected to hit U.S. theaters on March 4, 2016, also starring Margot Robbie.
What do you think of this pairing?
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