Alan Rickman and Tom Courtenay have joined the crime caper as the producers prepare for a May start in London before ultimately moving on to New Mexico.

Rickman will play Lord Shahbandar and Courtenay will step into the role of The Major in the project, which stars Oscar winner Colin Firth as an art curator who plans to swindle England’s wealthiest man and enlists the help of a Texan Rodeo queen played by Cameron Diaz.

Mike Lobell is producing alongside Crime Scene Pictures partners Adam Ripp and Rob Paris, who are also financing the project. Rizal Risjad serves as executive producer. Michael Hoffman directs from a screenplay by Joel and Ethan Coen that was in turn inspired by the 1966 original starring Michael Caine and Shirley MacLaine.

CBS Films recently acquired US distribution rights and Glen Basner’s FilmNation Entertainment enjoyed a strong response from international buyers at the EFM in Berlin in February.

“We are thrilled to have added two world class actors to our already formidable cast,” Ripp and Paris said. “Alan and Sir Tom are the perfect additions to this classic comedic heist.”

Crime Scene Pictures launched a year ago and is backed by private equity. The partners plan to finance and produce two to three films a year.