'Ocean's Thirteen' Secures July Start Date
Julia Roberts and Catherine Zeta-Jones may not be back, but now they've got Ellen Barkin
According to Variety, the studio hopes to have "Ocean's Thirteen" in production on July 21, which would put the film in play for a summer 2007 release.
While "Ocean's Eleven" went to Las Vegas to shoot and "Ocean's Twelve" went off to Europe, "Ocean's Thirteen" will do most of its work on five soundstages on the WB lot in Burbank. Steven Soderbergh is returning to direct, this time working off a script by the "Rounders" team of Brian Koppelman and David Levien.
Returning cast members include George Clooney, Matt Damon, Brad Pitt, Don Cheadle, Bernie Mac, Casey Affleck, Scott Caan, Eddie Jemison, Shaobo Quin, Carl Reiner and Elliott Gould. Not surprisingly, the ASAP shooting start is at least partially to make things convenient for top bananas Clooney, Damon, Pitt and Soderbergh.
Notice a few names missing? It seems that previous "Ocean's" love interests Julia Roberts and Catherine Zeta-Jones won't be playing along. With those two A-listers out of the picture, the producers sent out an offer to the industry's biggest star who hadn't been in the previous movies. That's right. Joining the cast of "Ocean's Thirteen" is Ellen Barkin.
All producer Jerry Weintraub will tell Variety is that Barkin ("The Big Easy") "gets closely involved with Damon's character."
Released in late 2001, "Ocean's Eleven" made over $450 million worldwide and also scored some very positive notices from critics. "Ocean's Twelve" dropped three years later. While it still made $360-plus million worldwide, the reviews weren't nearly so friendly.