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Coen Brothers Shooting Film in N.M.

FOR THE RECORD: This story incorrectly reported that the Coen brothers were filming a movie in New Mexico. The two are responsible for the screenplay for “Gambit,” which is being filmed in the state, but they are not the ones filming it.

The Coen brothers are at it again — in New Mexico.

The filmmakers are back in the Land of Enchantment working on “Gambit,” which will be distributed by CBS Films.

The Oscar-winning brothers wrote the screenplay, which tells the story of British art curator Harry Deane, played by Oscar winner Colin Firth.

Dean devises a finely crafted scheme to con England’s richest man and avid art collector, Lionel Shabandar, played by Alan Rickman, into purchasing a fake Claude Monet painting. In order to bait his buyer, he recruits a Texas rodeo queen, played by Cameron Diaz, to cross the pond and pose as a woman whose grandfather liberated the painting at the end of World War II.

Production begins this month around Rio Rancho, Galisteo, Los Lunas, Socorro, Carrizozo and Laguna Pueblo.

“The production will employ at least 130 New Mexico crew members and more than 400 principal and background talent,” said Angela Heisel, spokeswoman for the state Economic Development Department.

Firth won an Oscar for his role as King George VI in 2011’s “The King’s Speech” and has appeared in “Disney’s A Christmas Carol,” “Mamma Mia,” “A Single Man” and “Love Actually.”

Diaz has appeared in “The Green Hornet,” “Knight and Day” and the recent “Bad Teacher.”

Rickman is known for his role as Professor Severus Snape in the “Harry Potter” franchise.

The film also stars Stanley Tucci and Cloris Leachman.

It is being directed by Michael Hoffman, who has directed 2009’s “The Last Station.”

Production moved from London and the film will wrap up in New Mexico.
— This article appeared on page D2 of the Albuquerque Journal