Colin Firth to Star in the Coen Brothers Written 'Gambit' Remake

December 13, 2010
Source: Deadline

Colin Firth

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?

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at first i was excited...then i read which i don't care

Jericho on Dec 13, 2010


Any chance to see the Coens do comedy is good for me ... the Diaper Chase scene in "Raising Arizona" remains the most re-watchable sequence in their canon.

Christian Toto on Dec 13, 2010


i'm interested. colin firth is a very good actor. i loved him in "when did you last see your father" and am going to see "the kings speech" as soon as possible.

beavis on Dec 13, 2010


I'm in. Firth is always good.

Xerxex on Dec 13, 2010


It would be fun to see a remake. However, and it's a biggie: casting of the female role can make or break this movie. Word is that either Jennifer Anniston or Sandra Bullock are being considered. Wrong, wrong, wrong. At least Bullock has some talent, which is more than one can say about Anniston!

speedyfastcat on Dec 14, 2010


Remakes are never as good as the 'original'. It's been too long between sequels and it loses it's excitement. I LOVE Colin and I met him. He is a very nice, generous , handsome and distinguished person, so I will still see the movie when it comes out.

Kr001011 on Apr 6, 2011

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