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Tina Fey To Star In Middle East War Comedy 'The Taliban Shuffle'

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Afghanistan and Pakistan don't often lend themselves to comedic fodder, but leave it to Tina Fey to change that. TheWrap reports that the Emmy-winning actress will star in and produce an adaptation of "The Taliban Shuffle," international journalist Kim Barker's lighthearted memoir about her time as a reporter in the Middle East.

Fey optioned the book for her production company, Little Stranger, recruiting Lorne Michaels to produce and "30 Rock" showrunner Robert Carlock to pen the script.

Released in 2011, "The Taliban Shuffle" garnered praise from The New York Times' Michiko Kakutani who wrote that the book "manages to be hilarious and harrowing, witty and illuminating, all at the same time." In the same review, Kakutani wrote that Baker portrays herself as "a sort of Tina Fey character" who's thrust into both the absurdity and the gravity of war.

When Baker first arrived in Kabul in 2002, she spoke only English, which means Fey may need to brush up on her Pashto and Urdu skills.

No other news about casting or release date has been announced. Fey will next be seen in "Muppets Most Wanted."

[via TheWrap]

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