The Wolf Of Wall Street‘s Margot Robbie is in the running for a role in Paramount’s upcoming adaptation, The Taliban Shuffle. Based on journalist Kim Barker’s memoir, The Taliban Shuffle: Strange Days in Afghanistan and Pakistan, the film will be a major departure for the actress should she sign on to co-star.
Heading up the project will be Tina Fey, who’s starring and producing along with her 30 Rock alum, Lorne Michaels. The pic is slated to be a black political comedy, focusing on war correspondent Barker’s experiences during her time spent in the Middle East.
After her turn in Wolf, it looks as if Robbie’s ready to take on a comedic gig, as the part she’s eyeing in The Taliban Shuffle sounds rather caricature-ish. According to THR, she’ll play “a blond, gorgeous and hard-core on-air news anchor who befriends Baker (Fey) in Afghanistan. The character has been described as very competitive and willing to do anything, including put her and others in danger, to get a story to launch her reporting career.”
Sounds like she’ll be doing a riff on her pin-up image with a heavy dose of the chuckles. Her performance in Wolf bordered on deadpan, so seeing her with Fey would be an absolute treat. Still, this is as-yet unconfirmed, which is to be expected. The actress is also in talks to join David Ayer’s Suicide Squad, which is likely to lens next Spring, so hopefully we’ll have official word on which project Robbie chooses very soon.
Until then, check out the Amazon synopsis for Barker’s book below, and let us know in the comments section what you think of Margot Robbie joining The Taliban Shuffle.
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.