Its release date may be a full year away, but Ocean's 11 a remake of the 1960 "Rat Pack" film starring Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr. and Peter Lawford continues to generate a steady stream of buzz with its casting.
The latest star to sign up? "Andy Garcia is going to do it now," producer/star George Clooney tells TV Guide Online, reiterating that A-listers Julia Roberts, Brad Pitt and Matt Damon are among those already on board for the Las Vegas bank heist flick. "Julia, Brad and Matt are worried about their careers," Clooney jokes, "so we want to help them get work." Adam Arkin (Halloween H20, TV's Chicago Hope) and Casey Affleck (To Die For) round out the cast, while Steven Soderbergh, who directed Clooney in Out Of Sight and Roberts in Erin Brockovich, will take the Ocean's 11 helm.
Other names linked at one time or another to appear in the star-studded film include Bruce Willis, Mark Wahlberg, Ralph Fiennes, Ben Affleck and James Caan, as well as Joel and Ethan Coen, the directing/writing team who worked with Clooney on O Brother, Where Art Thou? (opening Dec. 22). Alas, the brothers could not be talked into giving their acting chops a proper debut. "Those chickens," Clooney grumbles in jest.
While the June 30 deadline for the Screen Actors Guild strike looms in every producer's mind, a calm Clooney insists that Ocean's 11 is still on track to start and complete production in time, despite a minor delay triggered by a setback in Pitt's The Spy Game, which had to find a last-minute location stand-in for volatile Tel Aviv. "Good idea! Shooting in Israel! Who came up with that?" Clooney laughs.
"We've moved [the Ocean's 11 start date] to the beginning of February," he goes on to say, "and we'll be done June 15. Steven is really meticulous about things, and there aren't a lot of elements that can go wrong. It's not an outdoor wintry thing where all hell breaks loose."