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Ocean's Sails Again
Ellen Barkin will become the leading lady for the third installment of the blockbuster Ocean's Eleven franchise.
Posted on Monday, March 27, 2006 at 1:00 PM by Mark Umbach
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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 Linus Caldwell.

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.


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