The first trailer has surfaced for Gambit, a long-gestating remake of the Michael Caine and Shirley MacLaine-starring 1966 film, scripted by Joel and Ethan Coen and directed by Michael Hoffman (A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Last Station). This update stars Colin Firth as a disgruntled art curator who conspires with a steer roper (Cameron Diaz) to sell a fake work of art to his cruel and wealty boss (Alan Rickman). The Coens distinctive brand of eccentric humour is certainly noticeable in this trailer, and the key cast members certainly seem to be having fun — particularly Rickman, and let’s not forget the always reliable Stanley Tucci — but it’s difficult to tell just yet whether this broad comedy will have the same surreal and unpredictable flourishes as their previous screwball comedies like Burn After Reading and Intolerable Cruelty with someone else in the director’s chair.
Gambit is due November 21 in the UK. Watch the first trailer below (via The Playlist).