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'Ocean's Eight' director teases female 'Ocean's Eleven' spin-off

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News broke last fall that Sandra Bullock was on board to lead an all-female reboot of Ocean’s Eleven, and since then, the web has gone wild with rumors about who might join her on her caper. (Some of the names being tossed around include Cate Blanchett, Mindy Kaling, Elizabeth Banks, and Helena Bonham Carter.) All we know so far is that Bullock is involved and that Hunger Games director Gary Ross is set to helm the project, taking over from his longtime friend and collaborator Steven Soderbergh, who directed the George Clooney-starring trilogy.

Other details have been scarce, but in a new interview with SlashFilm, Ross opened up a little bit about the project, revealing the film’s official title — which he confirmed as Ocean’s Eight — and promising that his version will have a similar feel to Soderbergh’s.

“You know, Steven Soderbergh and I are incredibly close friends, and we would not have done this if we weren’t,” Ross told SlashFilm. “I don’t think he would’ve wanted anyone to do it if we weren’t. This is very much an extension and a continuation. He’s a producer on the movie.”

Ross also talked about how he and Soderbergh have worked together so many times in the past, citing the work he did on the previous Ocean’s Eleven films and how Soderbergh shot second unit on The Hunger Games.

“We’re different filmmakers, obviously, so there will be those differences, but one of the things I’m drawn to is the amazing tone Steven was able to create, and we discuss that a lot,” Ross added. “I’m in no way trying to reinvent the tone, and I’m thrilled and honored to be extending it. It’s really fun to work with.”

As for those casting rumors? Ross stayed tight-lipped, saying that if he were to reveal anything it would “blow up the Internet.” Guess we’ll just have to wait to hear who’ll be helping Bullock with her heist.