Martin Freeman “in talks” to join Tina Fey’s wartime memoir adaptation

The Hobbit star tipped to play Fey’s love interest in black comedy Taliban Shuffle

Martin Freeman is “in talks” to star alongside 30 Rock’s Tina Fey in black comedy Taliban Shuffle, an adaptation of journalist Kim Barker’s wartime memoir.

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The story details Barker’s time in Kabul, writing stories about militants and what it’s like to be a woman in wartime Iraq and Pakistan, as well as dealing with the boredom, violence and promiscuous nature of life as a war correspondent. 

Freeman is said to be up for the role of Barker’s love interest; a dedicated Scottish photojournalist, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

Fey will take the lead role as well as join as a producer alongside Lorne Michaels (whose projects include writing for Saturday Night Live), with Glenn Ficarra and John Requa (who teamed up on Steve Carell’s Crazy, Stupid Love) directing. 

The Wolf of Wall Street’s Margot Robbie is also said to have signed up, playing a competing hard-core on-air reporter.

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In the meantime, Freeman will be back on the big screen as Bilbo Baggins in The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, which arrives in cinemas next month. Plus, more of BBC’s detective drama Sherlock is to begin filming next year, with Freeman returning to the role of Doctor Watson.