Colin Firth to Star in the Coen Brothers Written 'Gambit' Remake
Though the project has been gestating for years, earlier this year news finally came that a remake of 1966 British action comedy Gambit, scripted by Joel and Ethan Coen, might finally get off the ground. Then just last month we found out that director Michael Hoffman (The Last Station, One Fine Day) would helm the feature. Now it seems development is moving rather swiftly as Deadline reports Colin Firth, who has been receiving plenty of praise and awards buzz for his work in The King's Speech, is in talks to lead the remake. Right now the plan is to get the film into production in London and Texas sometime before next summer.
In the original film, scheming career cat burglar Harry Dean (the role meant for Firth) is preparing to steal a priceless statue from the world's richest man, and seeks out the assistance of Eurasian showgirl Suzy Chang, who looks exactly like the victim's dead wife. Though the likable rogue's plan seems foolproof as he conveys the details to his partner Ram, the burglar’s usual precision is clouded by his relationship with his accomplice. Constantly reinventing the plan as his originally ideal spirals ever more out of control, it seems as if Harry's heist is destined to fail. It's a shame the Coen Brothers aren't also directing, but their script should give Hoffman enough inspiration to direct a decent action comedy. What do you think?