Casting Net: Bill Murray gets abandoned in Afghanistan; Plus, Christina Hendricks, more

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• The famously hard to reach Bill Murray has committed to starring in Barry Levinson’s Rock the Kasbah, about a down on his luck music manager who accompanies his last client on a USO tour in Afghanistan, gets stranded there without money or a passport, and discovers a promising young talent. He gets inspired and accompanies the girl to Kabul to compete in The Afghan Star, an American Idol-like singing competition. Mitch Glazer (Magic City, Scrooged) penned the script. Murray will be appearing next in George Clooney’s The Monuments Men (out Dec. 18) and Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel.

• Jared Harris (Mad Men, Lincoln) is set to re-team with Sherlock Holmes director Guy Ritchie for his big screen adaptation of the 1960s spy series Man from U.N.C.L.E., which stars Armie Hammer, Henry Cavill, Hugh Grant, Alicia Vikander (Anna Karenina), and Elizabeth Debicki (The Great Gatsby). [Deadline]

• Harris’s former TV co-star Christina Hendricks will not, in fact, be playing a stripper in the adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s Dark Places as was previously reported. She’s now set to play the part of Patty Day, the slain mother of Libby Day, Charlize Theron’s character. [Deadline]

Dexter’s Michael C. Hall will be joined by Sam Shepard, Don Johnson, and Vinessa Shaw in the crime thriller Cold in July, based on Joe R. Lansdale’s novel, about murder and revenge in a small East Texas town. [Variety]

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