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Deadline exclusively reports that Colin Firth — who is currently starring in The King’s Speech — is considering the forthcoming “redo” of the 1966 comedy thriller, Gambit.

Joel and Ethan Coen, the Oscar-winning brothers behind such scripts as Fargo and No Country for Old Men, are in charge of the story. Michael Hoffman (The Last Station, Soapdish) will serve as director. The project is tentatively slated to get underway next summer in both London and Texas.

Just two years ago, Firth told MTV that he wouldn’t be involved. But now that a refreshed script has a budget, perhaps Firth seems more secure in mulling over the part?

The original film starred Sir Michael Caine, who played a freewheeling English thief named Harry Dean. All sorts of monkey business ensued when he and his Eurasian spitfire sidekick, Nicole Chang (played by Shirley MacLaine), tried swindling an Arab billionaire (portrayed by Herbert Lom) out of a precious statue. To view the classic trailer, click here.

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By MacKenzie Wilson