First look–Firth, Rickman and Diaz star in new Coen Brothers comedy

Fargo, Big Lebowski, Raising Arizona and Oh, Brother Where Art Thou? fans (you know who you are) will be happy to know a new Coen Brothers flick is coming to theaters before year end.  Written by the Coens and directed by Michael Hoffman (Restoration, A Midsummer Night’s Dream), Gambit stars big names Colin Firth, Alan Rickman, and Cameron Diaz along with Stanley Tucci.

Firth drops the dashing and charming for befuddled and put upon as Harry Deane, a British art curator working for an eccentric and abusive billionaire named Lionel Shahbandar, played by Rickman in his first starring post-Harry Potter film role.  Firth decides to take revenge on his boss by duping him into buying a fake Monet.  But it all requires the efforts of… an odd Texas rodeo queen (Cameron Diaz) and her mom, played by an even stranger grandmother, played by Cloris Leachman.

On paper that actually doesn’t sound so bad.  But the trailer is completely over the top, and Coen Brother fans will gravitate toward it, and everyone else… might get dragged along by their Coen Brothers-fan friends.

Check it out for yourself:

You do have to appreciate an Academy Award winning actor like Colin Firth taking chances with different types of roles.  Dark and gloomy Snape’s Alan Rickman must also feel it is time to get away from the eerie for something fun.  Diaz pretty much appears to have another Cameron Diaz role, with an accent this time.

Gambit hits theaters November 21, 2012.

C.J. Bunce

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