Colin Firth Takes A Gambit
Colin Firth is gradually building a reputation as a man who can do more than act as fodder for bonnetfests and English romantic comedies. His stunning turn in Tom Ford’s visually impressive A Single Man last year earned him many new fans (and justifiably so) and this year (well early 2011) should see him scoop more glory as King George VI in The King’s Speech.
But that’s not all – he’s rumoured to be interested in a remake of the Michael Caine classic Gambit (no card-throwing Marvel superheroes involved), in which a thief hatches an elaborate plan to steal a priceless statue from a billionaire. The scheme involves Nicole Chang (originally played by Shirley McClaine), a waitress who bears a striking resemblance to the target’s wife. But the plot thickens when the two of them fall in love.
Michael Hoffman, who directed Tolstoy drama The Last Station will be directed a script written by none other than Joel and Ethan Cohen – surprising considering they usually direct their own work. Watch this space for more updates.