Billy Bob Thornton, Alfred Molina Join Tina Fey's Wartime Dark Comedy

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Alfred Molina, Billy Bob Thornton

Margot Robbie and Martin Freeman will co-star in the Paramount film.

Billy Bob Thornton and Alfred Molina have joined Tina Fey's untitled wartime black comedy.

The Paramount film adapts journalist Kim Barker's memoir The Taliban Shuffle, which centers on her fish-out-of-water experience covering the conflict in Kabul and Pakistan. Glenn Ficarra and John Requa (Focus, Crazy Stupid Love) will direct, with Fey producing and playing the journalist.

Thornton and Molina join a cast that includes Margot Robbie, Martin Freeman and Christopher Abbott.

Principal photography began today on the project, which Fey's Saturday Night Live boss and 30 Rock collaborator Lorne Michaels and Ian Bryce are producing with Fey. Robert Carlock, who worked with her on SNL and 30 Rock, wrote the screenplay.

Other new additions to the cast are Nicholas Braun (The Perks of Being A Wallflower), Sheila Vand (A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night), Stephen Peacocke (Hercules) and Evan Jonigkeit (X-Men: Days of Future Past).

The project reunites Thornton with Freeman following their roles in Fargo, FX's anthology series adaptation of the Coen brothers film, which earned them both Emmy nominations. His upcoming credits include the thriller Cut Bank and the political dramedy Our Brand Is Crisis, opposite Sandra Bullock and Anthony Mackie.

Molina was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for the festival favorite Love Is Strange, in which he and John Lithgow play a gay couple. He'll appear opposite Oscar Isaac in HBO's miniseries Show Me A Hero, which The Wire's David Simon will write and produce.

He's represented by WME and the U.K.'s Lou Coulson and managed by Hyler. Thornton is with WME, Media Talent Group and Myman Greenspan's Bob Myman.

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