Sandra Bullock will play the lead in an upcoming remake of “Ocean’s Eleven’ with an all-female cast, directed by Gary Ross (“the Hunger Games”) from a script by Olivia Milch (“Little Women”), continuing her streak of stepping into roles originally conceived for men—as she does currently in “Our Brand Is Crisis.”
As The Playlist reports, the project originated with the late producer Jerry Weintraub, “Ocean’s” director Steven Soderbergh, and Danny Ocean himself, George Clooney. (He developed “Our Brand Is Crisis” as a possible directing gig.) Since the new film won’t get rolling in earnest until after Ross’ “Free State of Jones,” with Matthew McConaughey, bows next May, we got to thinking about who we’d like to see fill the other roles in Bullock’s “Eleven.” It’s a dream cast, of course (even Warren Buffett doesn’t have the money for all this talent), and we’re open to suggestions. Leave your own dream cast in the comments.
Kerry Washington as Rusty Ryan (Brad Pitt), Ocean’s cool, calm, and collected sidekick. (Just switch in red wine for the fast food.) Who doesn’t want Olivia Pope on their side when planning a heist?
Kristin Wiig as Linus Caldwell (Matt Damon), the still-green pickpocket Ocean plucks from relative obscurity. Slightly nerdy, and nervous, the female version of Linus would be the perfect use for Wiig’s off-kilter sense of humor and dramatic chops.
Tilda Swinton as Basher Tarr (Don Cheadle), the rather flamboyant, Cockney-accented explosives expert. Her terrific performance in Amy Schumer’s “Trainwreck” certainly convinced us that Swinton could play broad comedy and still remain sharp as a tack.
Melissa McCarthy as Frank Catton (Bernie Mac), the inside man—and the comic relief. Can you say “Spy”?
Jessica Chastain as Turk Malloy (Scott Caan), the more arrogant of the Malloy brothers, Ocean’s getaway drivers. From the woman who brought you “I’m the motherfucker who found this place,” in “Zero Dark Thirty,” I don’t think Turk’s brand of swagger is a big ask.
Amy Adams as Virgil Malloy (Casey Affleck), the Malloy pair’s (relatively) reserved other half. Bring back the red hair from “Junebug” and we can easily imagine Adams as Chastain’s sister, and when the siblings start to bicker, watch out. Adams showed she could throw down in “The Fighter.”
Lily Tomlin as Saul Bloom (Carl Reiner), a con man who comes out of retirement to join the crew. In the midst of a late-career resurgence, with “Grace and Frankie” (Netflix) and Oscar buzz for her performance in “Grandma,” Tomlin’s exactly the shape-shifting comedienne to assume Reiner’s role as the wily veteran.
Jane Fonda as Reuben Tishkoff (Elliott Gould), the money man. Fonda not only works well with old friend Tomlin, from “9 to 5” to “Grace and Frankie,” she’s also got the regal, slightly soused manner of the person pulling the strings down pat. (See also: “The Newsroom.”)
Amandla Stenberg as “The Amazing” Yen (Shaobo Qin), the acrobat of Ocean’s team. As Rue, in “The Hunger Games,” Stenberg proved that she can pull off similar feats of derring-do, all while breaking our hearts.
Doona Bae as Livingston Dell (Eddie Jemison), the socially uncomfortable hacker. In the Wachowski’s “Cloud Atlas” and “Sense8,” Bae’s small frame projects the kind of shyness Dell demands—and then suddenly starts to kick ass. A surprise action sequence involving Bae and Stenberg would be a treat.
Viola Davis as casino owner Terry Benedict (Andy Garcia). If you’ve seen “How to Get Away with Murder”—or Davis’ Emmy acceptance speech, for that matter, this one doesn’t require any explanation.
Since George Clooney may have a cameo as Danny Ocean, according to The Playlist, he’s out of the running to play the male equivalent of Julia Roberts’ Tess. So why not make Bullock’s ex a woman, too? Maybe Penelope Cruz?