Cameron Diaz joins Colin Firth in Gambit remake
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.