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|Barkin catches the wave to Ocean's Thirteen|
Julia Roberts rode the waves of the first film, and she was joined in the breakers
by Catherine Zeta-Jones for the second installment. Now, Ellen Barkin is taking
a dip in the Ocean. According to Daily Variety, Barkin has signed
on as the female lead in the upcoming Ocean's Thirteen, which is currently
coming together over at Warner Bros. with Steven Soderbergh once again in the
director's seat. Filming on the ensemble action-comedy will commence on July
21, primarily on five soundstages being built as working casinos on the Warner
Bros. Burbank lot.
Barkin joins returning Ocean's vets that include George Clooney, Brad
Pitt, Matt Damon, Andy Garcia, Don Cheadle, Bernie Mac, Casey Affleck, Scott
Caan, Eddie Jemison, Shaobo Qin, Carl Reiner and Elliott Gould. Although Roberts
did appear in the second Ocean's movie, neither her nor Zeta-Jones are
expected to be back in the third.
Details of Brian Koppelman and David Levien's script are being kept close to
the vest, but it is known that Barkin's character will become close with Damon's
Jerry Weintraub's Jerry Weintraub Prods. and Soderbergh and Clooney's Warners-based
Section Eight are co-producing with Village Roadshow and Warner Bros. co-financing.
The studio hopes to have the film ready for a summer 2007 release.
Repped by CAA, Barkin was most recently seen in Todd Solondz's Palindromes
and in Spike Lee's She Hate Me.