Apparently, one slow-talking Brit is not enough for the producers of Gambit, as Alan Rickman will join Colin Firth (and Cameron Diaz) in the remake of the 1966 heist film starring Michael Caine and Shirley MacLaine.
The film, set to shoot in May in jolly old England, centers on a thief (Firth) that garners the participation of a beautiful woman (Diaz) to steal a priceless statue from a billionaire (Rickman). Haha, Hans Gruber! We’ll see how you like a taste of your own medicine! Mega-heists aren’t so awesome when they’re happening to you, are they?
Considering the script is penned by Joel and Ethan Cohen, might this be the first film to not portray Colin Firth as the world’s biggest buzzkill? Or will he portray a frustratingly droll and staid thief? The anti-Thomas Crown, if you will? Here’s to hoping they sprinkle some ecstasy over the craft service table and get a livelier performance from him for this one. Failing that, maybe some caffeinated tea will suffice. (THR)