Today's Hot International Trailer: Cameron Diaz and Colin Firth Steal from a Naked Alan Rickman in Gambit
09.21.12 by Ryan
We're not sure of current exchange rate, but we'll guess that half a million British pounds is worth about a trillion in dollars.
What do you get when you mix a nebbish-y British art curator, a Texas rodeo queen, and a plot to steal half a million pounds from an eccentric millionaire? The plot for Gambit, CBS Films' remake of the 1966 movie of the same name that originally starred Michael Caine and Shirley MacLaine. Instead, it's Academy Award–winner Colin Firth and Cameron Diaz who plot to steal money from a rich art collector (Alan Rickman), who, at least in the trailer, prefers a more clothing optional approach to work. The first trailer shows Firth and Diaz plotting their scheme to sell a phoney Monet painting utilizing a unique group of characters played by Cloris Leachman and Stanley Tucci. Joel and Ethan Coen wrote the script, and it has plenty of that Coenesque charm.
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You wouldn't realize it by looking at the trailer, but the remake of Gambit has been in the works for years. Producer Mike Lobell (The Freshman, Honeymoon in Vegas) spent 14 years trying to get Gambit on the screen, starting in 1997 when Lobell got Aaron Sorkin (The Social Network) to agree to write a draft. However, Sorkin's commitment to his TV shows, Sports Night and West Wing, kept him from writing the script. In 2003, the Coens committed to rewriting the script, which Lobell told Deadline last year was the first sign of progress. "I will never forget that first time I read it, from the opening line I knew I was in for a ride," said Lobell.
Directors like Alexander Payne (The Descendants) and the late Robert Altman (Gosford Park) came and went, before Lobell finally got Michael Hoffman (The Last Station) to agree to direct Firth and Diaz, who had taken the role once lined up for Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon. Lobell's fifteen-year ride will finally end when the movie opens in the U.K. on November 21st, with a 2013 release date to be determined in the U.S.
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