Billy Bob Thornton, Alfred Molina Join Tina Fey in Paramount Comedy

Margot Robbie and Martin Freeman co-star in the untitled film set in the Middle East

Billy Bob Thornton and Alfred Molina have signed on to join Tina Fey, Margot Robbie and Martin Freeman in Paramount’s untitled comedy based on Kim Barker’s memoir “The Taliban Shuffle,” the studio announced Wednesday.

Glenn Ficarra and John Requa are directing the film from a script by Robert Carlock, and production is now under way in New Mexico.

Lorne Michaels is producing with Fey and Ian Bryce, who also produced “World War Z” and the “Transformers” franchise for Paramount.

The supporting cast includes Nicholas Braun (“The Perks of Being a Wallflower”), Christopher Abbott (HBO’s “Girls”), Sheila Vand (“Argo”), Stephen Peacocke (“Hercules”) and Evan Jonigkeit (“X-Men: Days of Future Past”).

Thornton will soon be seen in the “Entourage” movie as well as another politically-themed comedy, Sandra Bullock‘s “Our Brand Is Crisis.” He also has “Cut Bank,” “Grizzly” and “London Fields” on the horizon.

Molina recently starred in “Love Is Strange” and will soon be seen in HBO’s “Show Me a Hero.”