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Alan Rickman taking the Herbert Lom role in the Coen Bros-scripted remake of GAMBIT!

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here. If you're new to AICN or don't pay me much mind (understandably), then I must ask you to click the below poster and purchase this obscure Michael Caine/Shirley MacLaine film called Gambit. I know it's a lot to ask on a blind buy, but it's worth it.




I love this movie, I talk about it whenever I have the chance and with a remake currently moving forward very quickly I feel even more pressure to push it on cinephiles before the unique moment(s) of this film are spoiled in the first TV spot for the remake.

We've known The Coen Bros wrote a script for this remake a few years ago. Outside of their initial script they're not currently attached in any way, shape or form to this remake (as far as I know), which includes any revisions, etc...

The Last Station's Michael Hoffman is directing the remake, based on the original film about a smooth thief and his beautiful showgirl accomplice who plan to steal a priceless work of art from a powerfully rich man.

In the Michael Caine role is Colin Firth... fantastic casting. In the Shirley MacLaine role is Cameron Diaz... not so thrilled about that casting. I'd have gone for Rachel Weisz or waited until Natalie Portman popped and cast her. Diaz isn't bad at what she does, but once you see what MacLaine does in the original you'll understand why I don't think she's at all a right fit for the character.

All that stuff was known before today, but the big news is that Alan Rickman has signed on to play the rich Shahbandar, filling the shoes that the great Herbert Lom left. Lom was brilliant in the original and I'm thrilled to death at the casting of Rickman in this part. I'm thrilled whenever Rickman is cast in anything, but particularly this part is perfect for him.

Also joining the cast is Sir Tom Courteney (Pasha from Doctor Zhivago) playing "The Major."

The description of the plot in the press release sounds a little different ("a London art curator who enlists a Texas Rodeo Queen (Diaz) in a scheme to con the richest man in England" isn't note for note the original), but I have to imagine the twist, as it were... the hook of the original will be used. It's too good not to.

That's why I insist on you watching the original. It's a fantastic comedy. Nobody can say how the remake will turn out, but I can say you can't go wrong with the original flick.

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  • March 23, 2011, 3:53 a.m. CST

    First and that blerp

    by harryknowlesnothingaboutfilm

  • March 23, 2011, 3:55 a.m. CST

    Alan Rickman could play anything in anything

    by harryknowlesnothingaboutfilm

  • March 23, 2011, 4:22 a.m. CST

    Please Coen Bros no more remakes :(

    by awepittance

    I just love your original material, no need to do so many remakes

  • March 23, 2011, 5:02 a.m. CST

    They could remake Teenwolf or Dirty Dancing

    by harryknowlesnothingaboutfilm

    at least all of their films are quality (obviously some more that others) so why not give them all the hollywood remakes....

  • March 23, 2011, 5:06 a.m. CST

    remake Wolverine

    by Se7en

    and the cajun.

  • ...and pretty much any other movie you can think of. We have reached the limits of human imagination. You can see the signs all around you. The End really is near. I'm not making this shit up...

  • March 23, 2011, 6:21 a.m. CST

    Weisz or portman

    by robertdee

    Is there a relevance to the showgirl being jewish? I'd be happy if Natalie was cast as the female lead in every film ever but Rachel Weisz has the charisma of a 48 year old alcoholic's shit. She turns straight men gay and makes gay men chop their cock and bollocks off. It was after god saw Rachel Weisz that he decided to retroactively give all women periods. After watching her "performance" in the Mummy films, five reviewers went home and drowned their own daughters in the bath out of disgust for womankind. The only role she should ever play is Medusa and she wouldn't need makeup.

  • March 23, 2011, 6:31 a.m. CST

    Personally I Like Weiz


    But each to our own I guess, robertdee. //robertdeeranting

  • March 23, 2011, 6:42 a.m. CST

    Remake Battle Los Angeles as a Good Film not Cinematic Vomit

    by harryknowlesnothingaboutfilm

  • March 23, 2011, 7:17 a.m. CST

    So Caine's a proctologist, and

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    MacLaine needs her plumbing checked?

  • March 23, 2011, 7:22 a.m. CST

    Haven't seen Rickman in anything but Potter since Galaxy Quest

    by Terrence

    I know he's been doing other material, but never had a chance to catch it. But honestly, the man makes you sit up and pay attention when he's onscreen. The old cliche of paying to hear him read a phonebook is true here.

  • March 23, 2011, 7:35 a.m. CST

    Tom Courteney...

    by oogles

    Is my favorite song by Yo La Tengo. Off topic.

  • March 23, 2011, 7:46 a.m. CST

    Snow Cake. Check out the reunion of

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    Weaver and Rickman. It's a great indie flick.

  • March 23, 2011, 7:47 a.m. CST

    Oh I guess you haven't seen Love Actually either.

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    Get to it.

  • March 23, 2011, 8:15 a.m. CST

    And RIP Liz Taylor

    by palimpsest

  • March 23, 2011, 8:23 a.m. CST

    Liz Taylor r.i.p

    by Jugs


  • March 23, 2011, 9:06 a.m. CST

    Wow, Taylor really did die

    by maxjohnson1971

    Bummer. Who will play Maggie on The Simpsons now?

  • March 23, 2011, 9:09 a.m. CST

    The Coens and remakes

    by maxjohnson1971

    I don't have a problem with them doing remakes, but I would like to see some original stuff between them at least. As great as True Grit was, The Ladykillers was still not so great. The original stuff from them is always better though.

  • March 23, 2011, 9:10 a.m. CST

    And Quint, for God's sake...

    by maxjohnson1971


  • March 23, 2011, 9:36 a.m. CST

    True Grit was not great, it was boring and lame

    by golden tribw

    And the last half hour was fucking awful. Nobody should have fallen down a hole, they should have run the cunting credits.

  • March 23, 2011, 9:36 a.m. CST

    Shirley Maclaine in this movie is one sexy fly girl...

    by PoppaRotzi

    ...legs up to her neck, and does some nice crazy contortion moves while stealing that statue head. What a woman! Makes Cameron Diaz look like Madeline Albright.

  • March 23, 2011, 10:29 a.m. CST

    From what I hear...

    by lennonisgod

    this film will really only share character names and basic plot structure with the original. Firth has said it isn't a remake. I think comparing Cameron to Shirley is ridiculous, and if her character is written as an over the top Texas steer roper, I'd prefer to see her take on that vs. Weisz and Portman's. She may not be the best actress, but she does over the top comedy fairly well. And with Firth and Rickman involved, I'm good to go.

  • Try fixing the ones they DIDN'T get right the first time.

  • March 23, 2011, 10:55 a.m. CST

    Link for the movie

    by time2323 I liked it. Yeah, Shirley Maclaine is hot as hell and all around impressive in this.

  • March 23, 2011, 10:57 a.m. CST

    Rickman is one of those actors I would kill to meet and have a beer with.

    by WriteForTheEdit

    So much love and respect for that guy.

  • March 23, 2011, 12:01 p.m. CST

    I'd be curious to see Rickman in the lead role instead

    by kafka07

    but of course he's not young enough. But he'll be great in the role first played by Herbert Lom, the very same guy who played the ever-twitchy Chief Inspector Dreyfus, if I'm not mistaken.

  • March 23, 2011, 12:12 p.m. CST

    By Grabthar's hammer

    by spmahn

    What a savings!

  • March 23, 2011, 12:36 p.m. CST

    haha.. the movie poster..

    by nolan bautista

    is trying to draw in the "Alfie" crowd (but Michael Caine looks strangely like Cary Grant)

  • March 23, 2011, 12:46 p.m. CST

    it appears

    by vaterite

    that this movie is not available on netflix.

  • March 23, 2011, 1:45 p.m. CST

    When I first read the headline...

    by eustisclay

    ... I thought it was saying Rickman was gonna take Lom's role in a Phantom of the Opera remake. That coulda been cool. Haven't seen Gambit, guess I'll have to check it out.

  • Normally I wouldn't say that about a remake of a film I like, but the Coen Brothers doing this means it has a chance of being good. Speaking of remakes, can we get some really good and experienced filmmakers to remake The Train and Where Eagles Dare? That'd be nice.

  • March 23, 2011, 2:48 p.m. CST

    "Texas Rodeo Queen" huh? Easy culture clash humor perhaps?

    by openthepodbaydoorshal

    Well Firth DID just win the Oscar, its time for his first post Oscar flop.

  • March 23, 2011, 3:04 p.m. CST

    Hans Gruber throwing kinetically charged playing cards?

    by I_Snake_Plissken

    And I agree at whoever mentioned the Ladykillers – that was the first thing that came to mind. But, when you look at their body of work, that was more of a minor blip than anything else. With No Country for Old Men and True Grit, I’d say they’re in the zone right now.

  • March 23, 2011, 11:25 p.m. CST


    by Mullah Omar

    Not sure if that means that I haven't seen enough Rickman films, or that Rickman is that awesome. I'm banking on the latter.

  • March 24, 2011, 9:29 a.m. CST


    by D Jones

    So Mr Dee did she turn you down for a date?

  • March 24, 2011, 4:08 p.m. CST


    by Gina

    I do remember seeing this movie a long time ago. I don't understand why Hollywood needs to keep remaking the old into the new. I do know some of it has to do with the cost and what has proven to work already. But is there no original ideas out there anymore? Great article about what should and shouldn't be remade ( Oh Gambit only time will tell us if this was a good thing or not.