Late last year came word that “The Hunger Games” director Gary Ross was developing an all-female “Ocean’s Eleven” remake with Sandra Bullock starring. Ross brought the idea to both filmmaker Steven Soderbergh and producer Jerry Weintraub who loved it enough they’ve decided to move forward with it.
Helmed by Ross, the project is expected to enlist a star-studded cast, and now a new report at The Playlist has offered some new details. They say Cate Blanchett is currently in talks to join the film which is going by the affectionate nickname of “Ocean’s Ocho” as it involves eight principal thieves pulling off a heist – not eleven.
Should a deal close, Bullock and Blanchett would be playing this version’s equivalent of the Clooney and Pitt roles respectively, but the characters aren’t “female versions” of the existing ones – rather all new ones which have friendship/partnership dynamics akin to the Soderbergh films.
There was rumor Jennifer Lawrence was to be involved, but with shooting aiming to begin towards year’s end, her schedule is now looking unlikely to permit it. The site also says the idea of George Clooney’s Danny Ocean character making a cameo in the film has been nixed for now but might turn up down the road.
No word on further casting as yet. Ross, Soderbergh, Greg Jacobs, and Susan Ekins will also produce.