Gambit centers on Harry Bean, a cat burglar, who attempts to rob a billionaire with the help of a waitress who looks exactly like the victim’s dead wife.
Firth, if cast, would play the cat burglar Harry Dean.
Michael Hoffman (The Last Station) is attached to direct a script by Joel and Ethan Coen (True Grit).
Firth is tipped to win multiple film awards for his portrayal of King George VI in Tom Hooper’s highly-acclaimed The King’s Speech.
Deadline reported this story.