Diaz, Firth Star In “Gambit” Remake

Cameron Diaz is attached to star in the Joel and Ethan Coen-scripted remake of 1966 British caper comedy “Gambit” for Crime Scene Pictures reports Reuters.

Michael Caine and Shirley MacLaine starred in the original about a cat burglar who tries to rob a billionaire of a priceless statue. He enlists the help of a waitress who is a dead ringer for the victim’s late wife, but the job’s execution is complicated by his relationship with his accomplice.

In the remake, Colin Firth plays a London art curator who plots an elaborate scheme to con a wealthy collector into buying a fake Monet painting. As part of the ruse, he recruits a Texas steer roper (Diaz) to play the part of a woman whose grandfather liberated the painting at the end of WWII.

Michael Hoffman (“The Last Station”) is set to direct and shooting aims to kick off in London and Texas in May. Mike Lobell will produce.