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 »
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 »
Sony Pictures Classics has finally released a trailer for Michael Hoffman‘s The Last Station, a biopic about Russian author Leo Tolstoy. Described in the promotional material as being a “complex, funny, rich, emotional, and true story about the difficulty of living with love and the impossibility of living without it”, the movie stars Christopher Plummer as Tolstoy and is joined by an all-star cast including James McAvoy as Valentin Bulgakov, Paul Giamatti as Vladimir Chertkov, and Helen Mirren as Sofya Tolstoy. I’m not a big fan of most dramatic period pieces, so I’ll leave the commentary to you (although, it would hard to go wrong with a cast that strong). Watch the trailer after the jump and leave your thoughts in the comments below.
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