Not to be confused with the Marvel superhero, Gambit, a comedic caper written by Joel and Ethan Coen, now has its first full trailer online courtesy of MSN. Starring Colin Firth, Cameron Diaz, Alan Rickman, and Stanley Tucci, the film appears to have the sort of wacky humor evident in much of the Coen brothers' work (namely Raising Arizona or The Ladykillers) despite direction by Michael Hoffman (The Last Station). The nebulous US release had me skeptical, but the performances all feel refreshingly colorful and lively -- especially Rickman's Lionel Shahbandar. Gambit opens November 21st in the UK and sometime in early 2013 in the US. Synopsis and trailer below.
The story centers on British art curator Harry Deane (Firth) who devises a finely-crafted scheme to con England’s richest man and avid art collector, Lionel Shabandar, (Rickman) into purchasing a fake Monet painting. In order to bait his buyer, he recruits a Texas rodeo queen (Diaz) to cross the pond and pose as a woman whose grandfather liberated the painting at the end of WWII.