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Gang reunites for second Ocean's 11 sequel

Staff and agencies
Monday March 27, 2006

Steven Soderbergh and George Clooney's efforts to bring a second Ocean's Eleven sequel to the big screen look to be on course with the news that all the main original members of the original's ensemble cast bar Julia Roberts have signed up.  

Roberts' role was reduced to a cameo in Ocean's Twelve, which shifted the heist action to Europe, so her absence is not so significant. Catherine Zeta Jones, who replaced her as female lead in that film, will also sit out the new movie, titled Ocean's Thirteen, according to Variety.  

But the likes of Clooney, Matt Damon, Brad Pitt, Don Cheadle and Bernie Mac will all be returning after mountains were moved to free up schedules.  

Producer Jerry Weintraub said: "The odds were long on this happening, and it would not have been possible were it not for those actors and director moving other projects out of the way.   "The five of us are all great friends, and we decided we were going to kill ourselves to get this done."  

The new female lead looks set to be Ellen Barkin, who will play an important part in the life of Linus (Damon). Warner Bros are cutting back on costs this time - producers plan to build a casino in the studio's LA back lot to avoid having to shoot in a real facility.

Ocean's Eleven took $185m at the US box office on its release in 2001 while its first sequel took $125m two years ago.

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