It was announced today that Cameron Diaz will join Colin Firth in the Coen Brothers-scribed relaunch of the 1966 British caper “Gambit,” which starred Michael Caine and Shirley MacLaine. Michael Hoffman (“The Station Agent”) will direct the film, and FilmNation will be at the European Film Market in Berlin later this month selling the rights to the film.
The full press release is below.
CAMERON DIAZ JOINS COLIN FIRTH IN GAMBIT FROM WRITERS JOEL & ETHAN COEN
Crime Scene Pictures and Michael Lobell Productions Enlist FilmNation Entertainment to Handle International Sales for Gambit Beginning at EFM in February
(Los Angeles, CA) February 1, 2011 – Cameron Diaz has joined the cast of GAMBIT, the Joel and Ethan Coen (True Grit) scripted remake of the 1966 British caper comedy that starred Michael Caine and Shirley MacLaine. Michael Hoffman (The Last Station) is directing while Mike Lobell (The Freshman; Honeymoon in Vegas) is producing alongside Crime Scene Pictures partners Adam Ripp and Rob Paris, who are also financing. FilmNation Entertainment will be handling the sales, outside the US beginning at the European Film Market (EFM) in Berlin in February.
GAMBIT will begin shooting in May in London. As previously announced, Colin Firth (The King’s Speech) is also attached to star in the project.
Harry Deane (Firth) is a London art curator planning an elaborate scheme to con a wealthy collector into buying a fake Monet painting. In order to dupe the buyer, Deane invents a story and recruits a Texas steer roper, PJ Puznowski (Diaz), to play the part of a woman whose grandfather liberated the painting at the end of WWII.
Diaz recently wrapped Bad Teacher and is currently starring in The Green Hornet. Diaz is repped by CAA.