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Alan Rickman Set to Join Colin Firth and Cameron Diaz for 'Gambit'

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March 22, 2011

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After learning that Michael Hoffman would direct the Coen Brothers scripted remake of the 1966 British caper comedy Gambit, the film was given a huge boost with the addition of Colin Firth, fresh off his Oscar-winning turn in The King's Speech. Then Cameron Diaz came along and joined Firth for the story about a London art curator (Firth) who plans to con a wealthy collector into buying a fake Monet painting. As part of the ruse, he recruits a Texas steer roper (Diaz) to play a woman whose grandfather liberated the painting at the end of WWII. Now Crime Scene Pictures has revealed that Alan Rickman has also joined the cast.

Rickman, who will next be seen in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II, the final installment in the wizarding franchise, will play Lord Shahbandar (who I presume is the man from which Firth and Diaz will be stealing). In addition, Sir Tom Courtenay (The Golden Compass) has joined the project as a character known as The Major. The project starts filming in London in May, and even though I'm not the biggest fan of Cameron Diaz, the fact that Rickman and Firth will be in the same film for the first time since Love Actually (they never shared screentime, unfortunately) is quite enticing. What do you think?

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  • N.
    Sounds like a Winner to me! Cant wrong with Firth and Rickman they should be Brillant Together! The only concern is Diaz you never know with her!
  • N.
    Sorry I forgot the go in that sentence you know what I mean!
  • I can't wait to see this. Wolverine got his own movie, now Remy gets his? sweet!! sry, everytime I see any mention of Gambit, I know it isn't from the x-men universe, but I still think it is funny.
    • x marks the spot
      Same. Rickman would make a decent mature-aged Gambit though.
  • Anonymous
    Rickman is a great actor, I like Harry Potter and all but I'll be glad when Rickman gets back into making more films.
  • Yeoman2
    Love hearing that Rickman will be in film with Firth...Diaz however!!!not too keen on that!!
  • Alifromnm
    Can't wait to see this one!  Colin and Alan, my two fave Brits in a movie again!!!  Diaz?  Well, I can overlook him.....
  • Yahoo Garfunkel
    I've always been a big fan of the original "Gambit", a film that was, until very recently, unavailable on DVD in spite of good reviews and starring two greats, Michael Caine and Shirley MacClaine. This strikes me, similar to other disappointing modern remakes like "The Italian Job" and "The Mechanic" - as a cynical way to sell a subpar script. Finally, Diaz as a "steer roper"? Stinks like a fecal sandwich.
  • Whatsxhisxname
    will he throw cards?? :)

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