'Chicago Fire' Star Taylor Kinney Joins Bill Murray's 'Rock the Kasbah' (Exclusive)

12:02 PM PST 05/28/2014 by Borys Kit
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The actor is also boarding Zoe Lister Jones' political thriller "Food."

Chicago Fire star Taylor Kinney has nabbed two movie roles that he will undertake during his summer hiatus from the hit NBC drama.

Taylor, who is already on screens in Fox’s comedy hit The Other Woman, has joined Bill Murray in Rock the Kasbah, an all-star comedy being directed by Barry Levinson, as well as Food, an indie political thriller from Zoe Lister Jones and Daryl Wein, the makers of Lola Versus.

He will shoot both concurrently.

Murray, Bruce Willis, Zooey Deschanel, Kate Hudson, Scott Caan, Danny McBride and Leem Lubany are starring in Kasbah, which is in preproduction from QED International, Venture Forth and Shangri-La Entertainment. Open Road is distributing domestically.

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Kasbah tells of a has-been rock manager (Murray) who takes his last remaining client on a USO tour of Afghanistan. When he finds himself in Kabul, abandoned, penniless and without his passport, he discovers a young girl (Lubany) with an extraordinary voice and manages her through Afghanistan's version of American Idol, the wildly popular Afghan Star. Kinney will play a soldier who escorts Murray around the country.

Food, meanwhile, is being directed by Wein, who co-wrote the script with Lister Jones. Lister Jones is also one of the leads, alongside an ensemble that includes Victor Garber (Argo), Kunal Nayyar (Big Bang Theory) and Anthony Edwards (Zodiac).

Food is set in the world of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and centers on a single mother who goes on a journey to uncover the cause of her son's mysterious illness. Intertwined with her arc are the stories of a CEO grappling with his son's autism, an organic farmer in danger of losing his farm, and two scientists on the brink of a major discovery.

Kinney is currently on screens playing Cameron Diaz's love interest in Other Woman, Fox’s surprise hit that also stars Leslie Mann and Kate Upton. The comedy has grossed $74 million domestically and $79 million worldwide. He returns to Chicago Fire later this year.

Kinney is repped by Gersh and Larry Taube at Principal LA.

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