Coen Alert: Gambit (2012)

I don’t know about everyone else, but I am fan of most of the Coen brothers film work. I was doing a little research on what Alan Rickman was up to and I stumbled on to an IMDB entry for a movie called Gambit. Gambit stars Alan Rickman, Colin Firth, Cameron Diaz, Cloris Leachman, Tom Courtenay, and host of others including a variety of Japanese actors, including Togo Igawa. Is this film crossing a multitude of continents? Hmm… Caper film? The film isn’t being directed by the brothers but they wrote the screenplay. Michael Hoffman is set to direct the film.

Source: IndieWire

The current IMDB summary for the film is : “An art curator enlists the services of a Texas steer roper to con a wealthy collector into buying a phony Monet painting.”

With a little more digging, I found out it is a caper film. Actually, it’s another re-launch (i.e. like True Grit) of the 1966 British caper “Gambit,” which starred Michael Caine and Shirley MacLaine. 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.

Sources: Indie Wire, IMDB

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