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Colin Firth in Talks to Play Burglar in ‘Gambit’ Remake

Michael Hoffman (”The Last Station“) will direct from a script by Joel and Ethan Coen

After being attached to the project for several years, "The King's Speech" star Colin Firth is again in talks to take over Michael Caine's role in the big screen remake of "Gambit," an individual familiar with the project has confirmed to TheWrap.

Michael Caine and Shirley MacLaine starred in the 1966 British heist comedy, which follows a cat burglar who attempts to rob a billionaire of his priceless statue. He enlists the help of a waitress who looks exactly like the target's late wife. Of course, the duo strike up a relationship that throws the usually disciplined burglar off his game.

Michael Hoffman ("The Last Station") wil direct from a script by Joel and Ethan Coen. Mike Lobell will produce, having stuck by the redo for years while the project secured financing.

Producers Adam Ripp and Rob Paris have come to the rescue and will finance the film through their production company Crime Scene Pictures, while Glen Basner's Film Nation will handle foreign sales.

Production is aiming to start next year in London and Texas.

Firth is represented by CAA and his casting was first reported by Deadline.