I’m a huge fan of the Coen Brothers, as I'm sure many of you are as well. I rarely question the decisions that they make in the films they develop, but casting Cameron Diaz in their remake of Gambit? What the hell? That’s a casting decision I just don’t understand for the fact that Diaz is a pretty terrible actress. I don’t understand how she keeps getting cast in these roles, but she will star along side Colin Firth in the film.
Maybe this casting was allowed to happen because the Coen Bros. only wrote the script for the film. This Gambit remake is actually being directed by The Last Station's Michael Hoffman, so who knows how involved the Coen’s actually are. Diaz recently appeared in The Green Hornet and just wrapped the comedy, Bad Teacher.
The 1966 original starred Michael Caine and Shirley MacLaine. The story follows a cat burglar (Firth) who attempts to rob a billionaire of his priceless statue. He enlists the help of a waitress (Diaz) who looks exactly like the victim’s dead wife. The burglar’s usual precision is clouded by his relationship with his accomplice.
Regardless of the casting of Diaz I still hold out for hope that this movie will be good. After all I did enjoy The Green Hornet, but then Diaz really wasn’t in it that much.
What do you think about Diaz being cast in Gambit?