George Clooney, Brad Pitt and Matt Damon will star in Ocean's Thirteen, the third flick in their franchise about a gang of lovable crooks, distributor Warner Bros.
The Hollywood Reporter writes that Clooney will reprise his role as Danny Ocean, with the group pulling off a new heist in Vegas. Clooney's producing partner Steven Soderbergh, will direct again.
Julia Roberts, Clooney's love interest in the first two movies, and Ocean's Twelve co-star Catherine Zeta-Jones will not be back for the third movie, according to Warner Bros. "It was a script issue. We didn't have a place to really use talent like theirs, two big stars like that," said Jerry Weintraub, the franchise's producer. The studio expects the rest of the cast, including Don Cheadle, Andy Garcia, Bernie Mac, Carl Reiner and Elliott Gould, will return.
Joining the cast will be Ellen Barkin. Production is scheduled to start in July, with Ocean's Thirteen due in theaters in summer 2007.