Leading man Colin Firth comes first, in horn-rims and a skinny tie, followed by a very bemused/confused Alan Rickman below. Confused perhaps because there’s a rather threatening-looking lion at his side. Hopefully that one will be explained.
Gambit is a remake of the 1966 British comedy of the same name that starred the very young Michael Caine and Shirley MacLaine as high class criminals attempting to rip-off the richest man in the world. The remake has Colin Firth taking over Caine’s role as Harry Dean, this time a London art curator who needs the help of a Texas rodeo queen (Cameron Diaz) to con Alan Rickman’s Lionel Shahbandar.
While the original plot remains somewhat intact, it sounds like there are quite a few departures, including that whole ‘rodeo queen’ thing. Nevertheless, the new film was also penned by the Coen Brothers and boasts quite a cast, including Stanley Tucci, Cloris Leachman and Sir Tom Courtenay.
Based on the posters below, I’m cautiously optimistic. Firth has a great Caine vibe to him – check out the glasses! – and Rickman looks appropriately befuddled yet daunting. I am a little bothered that there’s no sign of Cameron Diaz in these posters, as she has arguably the most elegant dress to fill. MacLaine’s character was really the star of the original. Still, if anyone can pull off a remake of one of the best caper movies ever, I’ll put my money on these guys.
Gambit comes to theatres on November 21. For now, check out the posters below.