"Sherlock" actor Martin Freeman is in talks to play "30 Rock" star Tina Fey's love interest in the black comedy "Taliban Shuffle".
Tina Fey and Margot Robbie are already onboard for Paramount's adaptation of journalist Kim Barker's wartime memoirs of conflicts in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iraq. Glenn Ficarra and John Requa of "Crazy, Stupid, Love" are the directors, while Fey and Lorne Michaels are producers. "30 Rock" writer Robert Carlock has written the script, The Hollywood Reporter reports.
Margot Robbie of "The Wolf of Wall Street" fame is expected to play a rival journalist in the war comedy.
If Freeman agrees to the role, he will play the role of a Scottish photojournalist working with Fey's character in Afghanistan and Pakistan during the main thrust of Operation Enduring Freedom. According to initial reports, the pair will be emotionally involved.
Kim Barker spent time in Afghanistan and Pakistan covering the war for the "Chicago Tribune". The memoirs penned down by Baker reveal a world full of dangers and absurd instances that the correspondents face on a daily basis.
The story not only involves militants, but also shows what it is to be like a woman in a war-torn country. It shows how one deals with boredom, violence and promiscuous nature of life as a war correspondent.
Tina Fey and Robert Carlock are also keeping busy with another project, "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt". The show was initially ordered by NBC, but just days ago Netflix nabbed it. The doomsday cult comedy starring "The Office" alum Ellie Kemper will premier in all Netflix territories next March.
On the other hand, Freeman is having a good year it seems. With two Emmy nominations and becoming the host of "Saturday Night Live" (from next month), Freeman is on a roll. He has been busy with Peter Jackson's trilogy adaptation of "The Hobbit". He also had to make time to shoot for "The World's End" – a new series of "Sherlock" – as well as the first season of "Fargo", Firstshowing.net reports.