Jennifer Lawrence might be joining Sandra Bullock in the continuation of the mega-successful Ocean’s 11 series.
It would seem that the only thing Hollywood likes more than rebooting successful film franchises is rebooting successful film franchises with an all-female cast.
That is the idea behind the reboot of Ocean’s 11 that is currently in the works from Warner Bros. The original Ocean’s 11 trilogy, which is itself a remake of the 1960 classic starring Frank Sinatra and the Rat Pack, has grossed over $425 million in the United States and over $1.1 billion worldwide.
The new version, which will be a continuation of the George Clooney/Brad Pitt films, is going to be directed by Gary Ross of The Hunger Games fame and is being written by Ross and Olivia Milch (Queen and Country). It has already cast Sandra Bullock in the lead as Danny Ocean’s sister who is plotting to steal a necklace from the Met Ball and frame a gallery owner at the same time.
Now producers are eyeing X-Men: Apocalypse and Hunger Games star Jennifer Lawrence to join her.
As reported by The Tracking Board.com, producers are very interested in casting Lawrence as Bullock’s second-in-command of the squad of thieves, similar to the role Pitt took on in the original. It would also reunite Lawrence with Ross, as the two worked together on the first Hunger Games film and had great success there.
Bringing Lawrence on to the cast would go a long way towards adding the star power producers want for the film. The originals, all directed by Steven Soderbergh and produced by Jerry Weintraub, were filled with nothing but A-list talent, which is what made them so appealing to moviegoers when they hit theaters in the early 2000s. For this reboot to work, it would also need to have some of the most popular females actresses currently working in Hollywood.
Of course, a lot of that could depend of how well the Ghostbusters reboot does when it is released. There has been considerable backlash in social media and elsewhere against films that simply recast all the roles with women and then call it a “reboot”. The reaction to Ghostbusters has been particularly strong and If it fails to find an audience, it could mean that moviegoers have had enough of the idea.
If that happens, it could spell disaster for the Ocean’s 11 project before it even really gets off the ground.
However, it seems to me that if any of these could work and work really well, it’s Ocean’s 11. The idea of an all-female group of thieves is very appealing and something we just haven’t seen before from Hollywood, or at least not with this level of talent attached.
Adding Lawrence to a cast that already includes Bullock could go a long way towards convincing other actresses to sign up, regardless of how Ghostbusters does at the box office.
And I’ll just throw this out there: any Ocean’s 11 reboot should have Amy Schumer in the cast. She is already scheduled to work with Lawrence later this year and she would be a perfect fit for a movie like this.
Ocean’s 11 is scheduled to start filming next fall and does not have a release date yet. Keep it at FlickSided for more information as it becomes available.