‘The Taliban Shuffle’ Eyes ‘Game of Thrones’ Star
Game of Thrones star Nikolaj Coster-Waldau is being eyed for the male lead in the upcoming drama The Taliban Shuffle, alongside Tina Fey.
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau is believed to be “the final choice” for the male lead role, although no other character details were revealed.
If he does sign on, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau will join a cast that also includes Margot Robbie and Martin Freeman.
The plot is based on freelance journalist Kim Barker’s non-fiction novel of the same name, which follows her exploits of covering the war in Afghanistan and Pakistan, “shuffling” between the two countries.
Tina Fey is playing Kim Barker, with Margot Robbie playing a broadcast journalist colleague, with Martin Freeman playing Barker’s love interest, a Scottish photojournalist.
Kim Barker is not your typical, impassive foreign correspondent—she is candid, self-deprecating, laugh-out-loud funny. At first an awkward newbie in Afghanistan, she grows into a wisecracking, seasoned reporter with grave concerns about our ability to win hearts and minds in the region. In The Taliban Shuffle, Barker offers an insider’s account of the “forgotten war” in Afghanistan and Pakistan, chronicling the years after America’s initial routing of the Taliban, when we failed to finish the job.
When Barker arrives in Kabul, foreign aid is at a record low, electricity is a pipe dream, and of the few remaining foreign troops, some aren’t allowed out after dark. Meanwhile, in the vacuum left by the U.S. and NATO, the Taliban is regrouping as the Afghan and Pakistani governments flounder. Barker watches Afghan police recruits make a travesty of practice drills and observes the disorienting turnover of diplomatic staff. She is pursued romantically by the former prime minister of Pakistan and sees adrenaline-fueled colleagues disappear into the clutches of the Taliban. And as her love for these hapless countries grows, her hopes for their stability and security fade.