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Cameron Diaz joins Colin Firth in Gambit remake

Cameron Diaz
Image caption Diaz will play a Texas steer roper named PJ Puznowski in Michael Hoffman's film

Cameron Diaz is to star opposite Colin Firth in a remake of 1966 crime caper Gambit, its producers have announced.

Shooting will begin in May in London on the film, with The Last Station's Michael Hoffman directing from a script written by Joel and Ethan Coen.

The new version tells of an art curator who tries to con a wealthy collector into buying a fake Monet painting.

Diaz, recently seen in action comedy The Green Hornet, will play a Texan rodeo worker roped into the scheme.

The original film starred Sir Michael Caine and Shirley MacLaine and was nominated for three Oscars.

The remake will be a marked change of pace for Firth following his Oscar-nominated performance as George VI in The King's Speech.

The British actor has been linked to the project for some time, describing its development in 2007 as a "tortuous process".

"It's a lovely, witty Coen brothers script," he told the BBC news website. "I'm told it's a vast departure from the other film."

Mike Lobell is producing Gambit with Adam Ripp and Rob Paris of Crime Scene Pictures.

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