Martin Freeman in talks to play Tina Fey’s Scottish love interest in dark comedy Taliban Shuffle

The Sherlock actor looks set to continue his foray into Hollywood following his starring role in Peter Jackson's The Hobbit trilogy

Nowadays Sherlock actor Martin Freeman is a familiar sight in cinemas. With the final Hobbit film poised for release next month, he’s already in talks for another role on the silver screen. 

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The British actor is negotiating an appearance in dark comedy Taliban Shuffle, an adaptation of journalist Kim Barker’s memoir from her time reporting in Kabul in 2002, according to The Hollywood Reporter

Fey is playing Barker, who arrives a fish out of water as a woman in wartime Iraq and Pakistan, filing stories about militants and dealing with the promiscuous war-correspondent culture. Freeman is looking to star as her unexpected love interest – a committed Scottish photojournalist – with Australian actress Margot Robbie signed up to play a hard-nosed on-air reporter. 

The potential part follows a stellar 2014 for Freeman. A third series of Sherlock impressed the show’s dedicated fanbase in January while a starring role opposite Billy Bob Thornton in TV series Fargo has earned him a string of award nominations both sides of the Atlantic.

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Next up is BBC2 drama The Eichmann Show, co-starring Anthony LaPaglia and depicting the televisation of the 1961 trial of Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann – set to air next January as part of the BBC’s Holocaust memorial season.