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ROLE CALL: Clooney Rings 'Ocean's Eleven'

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Mar 19, 2001 | 11:50am EST

George Clooney impersonating Sinatra in Vegas?

Almost.

According to Daily Variety, the ex-"ER" do-gooder has inked a deal to star in the remake of "Ocean's Eleven," the 1960 Las Vegas heist flick that starred Frank Sinatra and his Rat Pack brethren (Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Peter Lawford and Joey Bishop).

The original film pitted the Rats as war buddies who scammed to knock-off Vegas Strip casinos at the stroke of midnight on New Year's Day. During production, Sinatra et al entertained the locals with a notorious string of late-night shows at the now-dearly-departed Sands.

While Clooney comes to the remake sans his own Rat Pack, he'll be joined on the project by at least one old crony. Steven Soderbergh, who directed Clooney in the stylish 1998 bank-robber flick "Out of Sight," has been tapped to helm the all-new "Ocean's Eleven," Variety says. (No word if he'll play Deano to Clooney's Sinatra.)

As of now, Clooney is the only actor associated with the flick. He's set to play Danny Ocean, the heist ringleader played by Sinatra the first time out.

According to Warner Bros., it might take a while for the studio to find the right actors to fill the other roles. Why? Again, Clooney ain't Sinatra -- he doesn't have a stable of Joey Bishop types at his beck and call.

Unless ... the old "ER" gang perhaps?

NEW MODEL FORD: Must have been the box-office egg laid by "Random Hearts."

Harrison Ford has officially ended his aversion to the Hollywood wheeling-and-dealing types. Variety reports today that the venerable leading man and longtime manager Pat McQueeney are looking for a talent agency to represent the actor.

Ford has been sans agent since he severed ties with the Gersh Agency 15 years ago. So why the sudden change of heart? Well, there was "Random Hearts," the big-budget romance co-starring Ford and Kristin Scott Thomas that fizzled at the box office last fall. But the story is the actor also wants tighter control over materials.

So what happens when Ford lets Hollywood knows he's back in the agent game? Hollywood comes a'courtin'. The actor and his manager reportedly already have had meetings with players from Endeavor, United Talent Agency and Creative Artists Agency.

Ford will be seen shortly in the Robert Zemeckis thriller "What Lies Beneath" and is currently in talks to reprise his role as Jack Ryan (for the third time) in the adaptation of Tom Clancy's "The Sum of All Fears."

LATE-BREAKING SOUPY SALES NEWS: It's official: Everyone has gone indie -- even Soupy Sales.

The erstwhile kids show host has been cast in the independent-minded romantic comedy "J.T. Foster's a Little bit of Lipstick," the Hollywood Reporter says.

Sales will play the director of the theater where the film's leading lady works. The project is scheduled to begin shooting next month in Connecticut.

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