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Sandra Bullock to head all-female Ocean's Eleven movie

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Story by Jack Foley

SANDRA Bullock is to head an all-female cast in a re-imagined version of classic heist movie Ocean’s Eleven.

George Clooney, who starred in the 2001 remake and its two sequels, will take a producer’s role on the new iteration, which also has the backing of that film’s director, Steven Soderbergh.

News of the re-imagining is notable for two reasons.

Firstly, it marks the latest example of Hollywood’s current desire to make more movies aimed at women, which also involves giving female casts roles that were originally intended for men.

It also finds Bullock and Clooney working together again following recent collaborations on the political satire Our Brand is Crisis, which debuts in the US this weekend, and the Oscar-winning Gravity.

Gary Ross, who helmed the original Hunger Games, is being tipped to take charge of the new Ocean’s Eleven, which originally began life as a 1960 heist movie featuring Rat Pack stars Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr.

According to The Guardian, it has also been suggested that Clooney could cameo as Danny Ocean, protagonist of the 2001-2007 trilogy, which would mean that Bullock would be playing a new lead role rather than a direct gender-swapped equivalent.

Recent gender swap re-inventions include the all-female Ghostbusters reboot, featuring Melissa McCarthy and Kristen Wiig, and spy thriller The Gray Man, which features Charlize Theron in a role once eyed by Brad Pitt.

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