Alan Rickman Set to Join Colin Firth and Cameron Diaz for 'Gambit'
by Ethan Anderton
March 22, 2011
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?