The film is a remake of a 1966 comedy drama of the same name but this time around the script has been written by the Coen brothers. It will be directed by Michael Hoffman who is know for The Last Station.
It has not been confirmed whether Firth will definitely star in the film, although he has certainly been offered the role. If he does get on board he will be playing an art curator from London, who thinks up a crazy scheme in order to con a wealthy art collector into buying a fake Monet. He recruits a Texas steer roper, which if you don’t know is some sort of rodeo rider, played by Diaz. Her role is to claim that her grandfather liberated the picture at the end of World War Two.
In the original the pair, played by Michael Caine and Shirley MacLaine, end up falling for each other and predictably the con doesn’t go exactly according to plan. We don’t know at this stage what the Coen brothers have done with the script, but we can’t really picture Diaz and Firth romantically involved, can you?
Gambit will begin shooting this spring in London. Firth is currently winning lots and lots of awards and most likely an Oscar for his role in The King’s Speech. Diaz on the other hand hasn’t made a good film in years. Whether Gambit will live up to the original, we’ll just have to wait and see.