Do you remember that scene in Love, Actually when Emma Thompson has a controlled breakdown in her bedroom after discovering that her husband (played by the late Alan Rickman) is cheating on her? She paces back and forth in front of her marriage bed, hyperventilating, unsure of what to do with herself or her heart—much like I did after reading about an upcoming reboot/remake/resurgence of Ocean’s 11 (“affectionately known as Ocean’s Ocho by the key creatives”) that will star Sandra Bullock and, if “ocho” is to be believed, seven other women.
The Playlist reports the film will be directed by Gary Ross (funny how these all-female reboots are always directed by men, huh?), has no official release date or title, and no announced cast beyond Bullock.
But there are rumors! Boy, are there rumors.
Sources close to the project tell The Playlist that Carol star Cate Blanchett is currently in talks to join the film...Should the deal close, Blanchett would be playing the Brad Pitt role next to Bullock’s Clooney character at least as far as the outline goes. But neither actress is playing a female version of those characters. Instead, the roles are loosely modeled after the friendship/partnership dynamic established in the Soderbergh films.
I’m not involved in the production of this movie in any way, but have spent the past few minutes dreaming of what it would be like if I were. Cate would join the cast, Denzel Washington would be the ex whom Sandra’s trying to win back, Gina Rodriguez would play the hotheaded small-time thief, Constance Wu would be the rich investor who decides she wants to do more than just fund the heist, Diane Ladd would be the long-retired one who gets back in the game after a little convincing, Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Zoey Kravitz would be the bickering siblings, and Kate Winslet would be the perpetually nervous English one who says things like, “Bollocks!” when she thinks the fuzz are moving in on them.
Wow, it just wrote itself. What a good movie.
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