Female ‘Ocean’s Eleven’ reboot is in the works: Here’s who should star

30 Oct 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

A female ‘Ocean’s Eleven’ reboot is in the works: Here’s who should star.

Sandra Bullock will star in an all-female version of the 2001 heist-comedy “Ocean’s Eleven,” itself a remake of the 1960 film of the same name, Indiewire first reported. The Our Brand Is Crisis star will be joining forces with The Hunger Games director Gary Ross, The Playlist reported on Thursday, Oct. 29 — and longtime pal George Clooney may even make a cameo and reprise his role as Danny Ocean.When Playlist first reported that Sandra Bullock would star in a reboot of Ocean’s Eleven with an all-female cast, our imaginations started to run wild.The 51-year-old actress will reportedly take on the lead role in the film, which is set to follow in the footsteps of the female Ghostbusters remake starring Kristin Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones. According to the site, the idea for an all-female reboot of the sleek heist thriller began to float last year among late producer Jerry Weintraub (he passed away this summer), Ocean’s’ trilogy director Steven Soderbergh, and Clooney, 54.

Progress for the project came to a bit of a standstill with Weintraub’s death, however, but the film is now in the works once more, with screenwriter Olivia Milch having already completed a draft of the screenplay. So, with the Miss Congeniality actress set to take on a similar role to that of Clooney’s smooth talking Danny Ocean, we take a closer look at just who the Ocean’s 11 are. The first part of the Ocean’s Eleven trilogy was released in 2001, and starred a cast that reads like a who’s who of Hollywood: Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, the late Bernie Mac, Casey Affleck, Julia Roberts, Catherine Zeta-Jones, and Andy Garcia, among others. This time, instead of butting heads, they can play old allies, with McCarthy as the perfect Rusty Ryan (played by Brad Pitt in Steven Soderbergh’s 2001 Ocean’s Eleven) to Bullock’s Ocean (George Clooney, previously).

Danny Ocean – George Clooney was perfectly cast in the role of this slick con-man who, after being released from prison, risks his parole with a plan to rob three Las Vegas casinos in one night. Olivia Milch, who has recently become an in-demand writer on projects like the adaptation of Greg Rucka’s Queen & Country comic, has written the screenplay. Now that Tess has had a taste of crime, maybe she could decide to go pro in the new movie. (Besides, we still don’t know where Tess was during Ocean’s Thirteen.) Though she could easily take over Don Cheadle’s role (and with an actual English accent!), we’d love to see Mbatha-Raw out in the thick of the heist, perhaps in character as a casino high-roller.

Saul Bloom – Played by US comedy legend Carl Reiner, Saul was a veteran con-man hired by the team to impersonate an arms dealer with a special delivery in order to gain access to the casino’s vault. As for the rest of the cast, the template for the ensemble really allows anyone – regardless of age or race – to join, which could make for a really diverse group of women.

And since an announcement like this opens the flood gates for speculation and fan casting, we’ll put forward one of our own: Why hasn’t Lupita Nyong’o landed any major live-action roles since winning her Oscar? Though JLD could steal the show as any member of the gang, we think she could be the ideal villain for Bullock’s crew to rob — think a sinister Selina Meyer, with the resources to take down anyone who crosses her. Kunis is a little taller than Shaobo Qin, who played grease-man Yen, but her confidence and grace in Black Swan would easily translate into this role. Fonda has carefully honed the yes-thank-you-but-I-know-what-I’m-doing shade that Saul (Carl Reiner) constantly throws at his younger colleagues in Ocean’s Eleven.

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