Mindy Kaling & Helena Bonham Carter Join Ocean’s Eleven Reboot
Not only has Showbiz 411 confirmed last week’s news that Cate Blanchett (Cinderella, Blue Jasmine, Carol) will join fellow Oscar winner Sandra Bullock (Gravity, The Blind Side) in Warner Bros.‘ all-new, all-female Ocean’s Eleven reboot, they have also added two new names to the roster as Mindy Kaling (“The Mindy Project,” “The Office”) and Helena Bonham Carter (Fight Club, Alice Through the Looking Glass) join the heist film. Gary Ross (The Hunger Games, Pleasantville) will direct and produce.
This new film will be a continuation of the George Clooney-led films, with Bullock playing Danny Ocean’s ex-con sister. With help from her right-hand woman (Blanchett, playing the equivalent of Brad Pitt’s Rusty), she’ll form a team of thieves to steal a necklace from the Met Ball in order to frame a villainous gallery owner. Shooting is expected to begin this fall.
The article also confirms recent word that Jennifer Lawrence (Hunger Games, X-Men, Silver Linings Playbook) will not be able to fit the film into her schedule. A cameo by Clooney has been nixed for the time being, although he could potentially appear in sequels. The reboot’s unofficial working title is “Ocean’s Ocho,” indicating there are eight thief protagonists instead of the traditional eleven.
Ocean’s Eleven remake trilogy filmmaker Steven Soderbergh has been onboard to develop the reboot with producers Clooney and the late Jerry Weintraub since 2014, with screenwriter Olivia Milch (Queen & Country, Little Women) penning the script. “Ocean’s” is a well-honed brand that dates back to the original Rat Pack-led Ocean’s 11 from 1960, starring Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr.
Ross is currently putting the finishing touches on his Civil War epic Free State of Jones, starring Matthew McConaughey, which is due out on June 24.
Kaling’s Hulu series “The Mindy Project” was recently renewed for a fifth season, while Bonham Carter will next be seen in the Nick Hornby-penned miniseries “Love, Nina” for the BBC.
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