The casting for David Cronenberg‘s adaptation of the Don DeLillo novel Cosmopolis has been an up and down affair, with original talents Colin Farrell and Marion Cotillard dropping out. Robert Pattinson is now the male lead — he plays a young billionaire who deals with quite a few problems as he spends a day crossing Manhattan in his limo. Also in the cast are Juliette Binoche and Paul Giamatti.

And now Robert Pattinson tells MTV that Samantha Morton is in the film, and that a new young actress has been chosen to play his character’s wife, but that he can’t yet reveal her name. I’m very interested to hear who that will be, but in the meantime having Samantha Morton in the cast is a great thing. She is reliably excellent, and even without knowing her specific role the fact that she is cast says good things about the movie overall.

After the break. The Coen Brothers-scripted Gambit gets Alan Rickman, and Rick Yune is in RZA’s kung-fu movie. Read More »


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We’ve followed Gambit closely over the past year. That’s what happens when a rogue Joel and Ethan Coen script gets new life. The film is a remake of a ’60′s romantic heist movie, and looks set to be the first post-Oscar performance from Colin Firth. (His deal was done before the Oscars were handed out.) Cameron Diaz co-stars and Michael Hoffman (The Last Station) directs.

Now the film has a distributor. CBS Films will put Gambit in theaters in the US, likely in 2012. Read More »

We’ve been slowly tracking the progress of the film Gambit, which is a Joel and Ethan Coen-scripted remake of a British romantic heist film that originally starred Michael Caine and Shirley MacLaine. The Last Station director Michael Hoffman was hired to direct last year after Doug Liman flirted with the project for a while, and Colin Firth has a deal to play the lead. Now Cameron Diaz has been cast in the Shirley MacLaine role. Read More »

Colin Firth is edging closer to genuine leading man status, thanks in part to big awards season recognition for films like A Single Man and The King’s Speech. It’s a transformation that will take another big step if he takes the lead role in Gambit, a heist thriller remake scripted by Joel and Ethan Coen. We’ve reported on the film in the past, most recently when The Last Station director Michael Hoffman came on to direct.

Now Deadline says Colin Firth is in talks for the lead role of a cat burglar who wants to rob a billionaire. He enlists the help of a waitress who is a dead ringer for the rich guy’s late wife. (Michael Caine and Shirley MacLaine played the roles in the ’66 original.) Sounds like a perfectly good choice for me. As anything that puts an actor who is very versatile with dialogue into a Coen-scripted project is to be applauded.

After the break, more casting for Cameron Crowe‘s We Bought A Zoo, and Safe House, which is already set to star Denzel Washington and Ryan Reynolds. Read More »

Let’s get this out of the way first: Joel and Ethan Coen have not written a film based on the Marvel Comics character Gambit. They have, however, scripted a remake of a 1966 romantic heist movie that originally starred Michael Caine and Shirley MacLaine.

News that the script was still kicking around in development came out back in January of this year, and in April it was a possible project on the docket for director Doug Liman. But he passed (he’ll make All You Need Is Kill instead) and now the directorial duties fall to Michael Hoffman, who last made The Last Station. Read More »


As remakes go, we could do a lot worse than a new take on a mid-’60s heist picture that originally starred Michael Caine and Shirley MacLaine. Especially when the script is by Joel and Ethan Coen.

Back in January word came out that producer Mike Lobell was still trying to mount a film based on the Coen Brothers rewrite of Gambit, which cast Caine as a cat burglar who gets romantically involved with his recruited accomplice, played by MacLaine. At the time there was no director attached, but now Doug Liman is moving towards the director’s chair. Read More »


The biggest industry story this morning is about the fact that Variety lost its best news reporter, Mike Fleming, to Nikki Finke’s Deadline/Hollywood. At Variety, Fleming dug up a lot of interesting news, some of which became proper headline material, and some of which didn’t.

One of the bits that wasn’t is buried down at the bottom of a trade article I just referenced here. In this case I have to wonder if this is a little final flash of the finger on Fleming’s part, because a Coen Brothers story, even an incidental one, is news. Fleming notes that Gambit, the Joel and Ethan Coen scripted remake of a 1966 heist film, is still kicking with producer Mike Lobell. What the hell is Gambit, and how much more do you really need to know beyond ‘Coens + heist film’? Read More »

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