Thompson on Hollywood

The Coen brothers' screenplay update of Gambit -- the 1966 Brit caper comedy that paired Shirley MacLaine and Michael Caine as a waitress and a burglar--just landed Cameron Diaz to co-star with leading man Colin Firth.

The Last Station director Mike Hoffman will direct the Coens' retelling, in which Londoner Harry Deane (Firth) is an art curator who plans an elaborate scheme to get a rich collector to buy a fake Monet. Deane enlists the aid of Diaz's character, PJ Puznowki, a steer roping rodeo cowgirl. Shooting is set to start this May in London. MacLaine still speaks fondly of the original.

Short of the Coens directing Gambit themselves, this is one to look forward to.