Last week, the world caught wind of an exciting Hollywood development: at some point in the coming years, we are definitely-probably getting a female-led Ocean's Eleven reboot starring Sandra Bullock.
Remake rumblings began last year but have only grown louder since. Bored by the scripts coming her way, Bullock told Entertainment Weekly in August she spoke to several filmmakers about trying some gender-swapped acting parts. And from those conversations came the Ocean’s project. Indiewire reports that Gary Ross - director of The Hunger Games! - and Little Women screenwriter Olivia Milch are now involved.
Perhaps you remain unconvinced. I will concede the new O11 is – yes – a missed chance to give the world original female characters and narratives. It’s an afterthought. And frankly, it kinda sucks that in order to get a all-female heist thriller, we have to copy a dude-centric franchise – albeit, a great one.
Still, the prospect of Ocean's Eleven: Sandy Edition is exciting nonetheless. My aunt let me watch Miss Congeniality with her when I was in elementary school and I still haven’t recovered – I laugh harder AT THE SAME JOKES each time I watch it. In Sandra, I trust. And really, how many girl power heist thriller flicks do we even have? That’s a void we need to fill. And just imagine the expansively badass cast of this movie: I’m seeing JLaw, Kerry Washington, Lake Bell, Mindy Kaling, Lea Seydoux, the Broad City gals Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson, Angelina Jolie, Winona Ryder, Charlize Theron, Rose Byrne, KStew, Nicole Kidman, Laverne Cox…!?!?!? I’m dreaming big, ya’ll.
George Clooney might even make a cameo.