Sandra Bullock to lead Ocean’s 11; pity the Bieber

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

Star Sandra Bullock arrives at the L.A. premiere of her new movie, “Our Brand Is Crisis.” Coming up, she will take on the lead role in an all-female remake of “Ocean’s Eleven.”(Photo: Richard Shotwell, Invision, Associated Press) The “Our Brand Is Crisis” star will be joining forces with “The Hunger Games” director Gary Ross, the Playlist reported Thursday — 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. 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. “Listen to me.

George Clooney — who starred in the 2001 version and its two sequels, and with whom Bullock worked on the Oscar-winning “Gravity” and the new drama “Our Brand Is Crisis” — will serve as producer. 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. Female-centric remakes are fast becoming a Hollywood trend — comedians Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones recently wrapped shooting the Paul Feig-directed “Ghostbusters” reboot, which premieres July 15. 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. The network said Friday that the singer will tape a concert at New York’s Radio City Music Hall in November, to be shown in a one-hour prime-time special Dec. 14.

And while the thought of “Downton Abbey” closing its doors will fill its legions of fans with dread, it seems Dame Maggie Smith — who stars in the long-running period drama as Lady Violet Crawley — isn’t sad to be saying good-bye. Speaking on “The Graham Norton Show,” the 80-year-old star revealed she was glad the show was coming to an end. “It couldn’t go on and on, it just didn’t make sense.” Next summer marks the hundredth anniversary of the U.S.

To celebrate, former first lady Laura Bush (an honorary cochairwoman of the anniversary celebration, along with Michelle Obama) is working on a children’s book praising the majesty of the parks. 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. The ABC drama starring Priyanka Chopra and centered on a class of FBI recruits, one of whom is a sleeper terrorist, has held ratings week over week and is Sunday’s top broadcast program among the advertiser-coveted adults 18-49 demographic.

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