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Tuesday, February 17, 2004 - Page updated at 12:00 A.M.

Catherine Zeta-Jones to join cast of 'Ocean's Twelve'

By Steve Gorman

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LOS ANGELES — Actress Catherine Zeta-Jones is joining the all-star cast of the sequel to Warner Bros.' hit caper film "Ocean's Eleven," the studio has announced.

The 34-year-old Welsh-born Oscar-winner will round out the ensemble of actors returning from the 2001 hit movie for "Ocean's Twelve," with Steven Soderbergh back to direct.

Producer Jerry Weintraub said Zeta-Jones will play an agent of an Interpol-style police agency, with George Clooney reprising his role as Danny Ocean, a veteran thief who led a gang of multitalented associates in a heist of three Las Vegas casinos in the last film.

The 2001 movie was a remake of a 1960 film that starred Frank Sinatra and his "rat pack" cohorts Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Peter Lawford and Joey Bishop.

In the globe-trotting modern sequel — to be shot in Paris, Rome, Amsterdam, Chicago, Las Vegas and Monte Carlo — Ocean enlists his former cronies and one new member of the team to pull off yet another heist.

Weintraub said all of Clooney's co-stars from the last film are returning for the follow-up, including Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts, Matt Damon, Don Cheadle, Andy Garcia, Carl Reiner, Bernie Mack, Casey Affleck and Elliott Gould.

Zeta-Jones, married to Michael Douglas, won her Academy Award as best supporting actress in for her role as homicidal hoofer Velma Kelly in the 2002 hit musical "Chicago."

She also teamed up with Clooney in last year's romantic comedy "Intolerable Cruelty" and with Roberts in "America's Sweethearts." She co-starred with her husband for Soderbergh in the Oscar-winning drug-wars drama "Traffic."

"Ocean's Twelve" is slated to begin production in April for Warner Bros. and Village Roadshow Pictures, with worldwide release planned for December 2004.

"Ocean's Eleven" pulled in $183 million in North American box- office receipts alone.

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