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‘Ocean’s Thirteen’ Set in Motion

Sea of Love star Ellen Barkin has signed on as the latest leading lady for the second sequel to hit 2001 movie Ocean’s Eleven.

Ocean’s Thirteen, a follow-up to 2004 sequel Ocean’s Twelve will begin filming in July at Warner Bros studios in Burbank, California, where a fully operational casino will be built.

The first Ocean film was shot at the Bellagio in Las Vegas, Nevada and the sequel was shot on location in Europe.

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Film executives say it became too arduous to shoot a movie around the gambling traffic in a real casino, and decided to build their own casino instead.

Barkin will be stepping in to replace former Ocean’s leading ladies, including Julia Roberts and Catherine Zeta-Jones and will get closely involved with Matt Damon‘s character Linus Caldwell.

Director/producer Steven Soderbergh is back on board to direct returning cast members George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Andy Garcia, Don Cheadle, Bernie Mac, Casey Affleck, Scott Caan, Carl Reiner and Elliott Gould

Ocean’s Thirteen is being fast tracked and is scheduled for a summer 2007 release.

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