Alan Rickman, Tom Courtenay Join ‘Gambit’ Remake

The update of the caper film stars Cameron Diaz and Colin Firth

Alan Rickman and Sir Tom Courtenay will add a touch of class to "Gambit."

The English thespians are joining previously announced stars Cameron Diaz and Colin Firth in the remake of the 1960s caper film, Crime Scene Pictures announced on Tuesday. 

Rickman will play Lord Shahbandar and Courtenay will play a character named the Major. The film centers on a pair of criminals who team up to con the richest man in England. 

The original film starred Michael Caine and Shirley MacLaine. The remake is directed by Michael Hoffman ("The Last Station") from a screenplay by Joel and Ethan Coen.

Mike Lobell is producing alongside Crime Scene Pictures partners Adam Ripp and Rob Paris, who are also financing. Rizal Risjad is executive producing. CBS Films recently acquired the US distribution rights, while FilmNation Entertainment is handling international sales.

"Gambit" will begin shooting in May in London.

Rickman is represented by William Morris Endeavor Entertainment and Independent Talent Group, and Courtenay is represented by Jonathan Altaras Associates and Artist International Management.