Cameron Diaz joins Colin Firth in "Gambit" remake

Tue Feb 1, 2011 9:58pm EST
 
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By Pamela McClintock

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Cameron Diaz is attached to join Colin Firth in "Gambit," a remake of the 1966 British caper that starred Michael Caine and Shirley MacLaine.

Michael Hoffman ("The Last Station") is directing the film, which is being written by Joel and Ethan Coen. Shooting begins in London in May.

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.

Diaz is in theaters with "The Green Hornet," while Firth is an Oscars front-runner for his lead role in "The King's Speech."