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Composer Rolfe Kent Joins Production Team behind Coens’ Gambit, Starring Firth & Diaz

Composer Rolfe Kent Joins Production Team behind Coens' Gambit, Starring Firth & Diaz

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Gambit, from the Coen brothers’ screenplay update of the original 1966 film (with Shirley MacLaine and Michael Caine), is currently in post-production in London. The star-packed film– Colin Firth, Cameron Diaz, Alan Rickman, Sir Tom Courtenay, Stanley Tucci and Cloris Leachman– directed by Michael Hoffman now boasts composer Rolfe Kent (Up in the Air, Sideways).

Adding to the impressive creative team behind Gambit–including three-time Oscar-winning production designer Stuart Craig (Harry Potter, The English Patient, Dangerous Liaisons, Gandhi); Oscar-winning costume designer Jenny Beavan (The King’s Speech, Sherlock Holmes, A Room with a View, Gosford Park) and cinematographer Florian Ballhaus (The Devil Wears Prada, Red)–Kent is just one more reason to put Gambit on our must-see list. Here’s more.

CBS Films will distribute the film in the US, while FilmNation Entertainment is handling international sales while, with nearly all international territories sold. Alliance Films secured rights early on for Canada, the UK and Spain.

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The Coens have been doing a lot of remakes recently and, although they are usually a far fetch from the original (which I assume is intentional – why would we want to see the exact same movie twice with different actors?), they all have been very good. I’m looking forward to seeing how they make this one unique.

Brian Camp

I saw the original earlier this year (on a VHS taping off broadcast TV some 25 years ago) and I found it enjoyable if a little too “light” for my tastes. It’s cute and charming, but not very suspenseful. It’s a nice idea and could use a remake, although I don’t see Firth and Diaz as viable substitutes for Caine and MacLaine. But given that it’s the Coens, I never know what to expect. The original had lots of great character actors in support, so I’m hoping the Coens fill out the rest of their cast appropriately. (They usually do.)

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