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Ocean's 12 - Preview

Preview by: Jack Foley

HOW do you out-cool a film as ridiculously hip as Ocean’s 11? This is the task facing Steven Soderbergh and co, as they bring you the sequel to their crime caper, Ocean’s 12.

Due for release in the US at Christmas, and in February in the UK, the film reunites all of the principal cast of the Las Vegas-based original, and adds Catherine Zeta-Jones, Vincent Cassel and, erm, Eddie Izzard to the line-up.

Hence, audiences are faced with the mouth-watering prospect of seeing George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Don Cheadle, Julia Roberts, Bernie Mac and Andy Garcia (among others) back for a second round of smooth-talking, ultra-slick, criminal fun.

The plot, although closely guarded, relocates the action to Europe, as the stakes for Danny Ocean and his crew have risen since their previous endeavours. Not only is Terry Benedict (Garcia) still on their tail, for robbing his casinos, but the outfit is also having to face off new rivals, in the form of a mysterious rival French cat-burglar and a policewoman on a mission.

The target, this time, however, finds the gang after a Faberge egg, and filming locations have thus far included Chicago, Amsterdam and Rome.

Soderbergh stated that he felt he could do better, after completing the first film, so set about re-assembling the same dynamite cast, which proved easier than most would anticipate, given the vibe surrounding the director at the moment. It seems everyone wants to appear with him.

And eagle-eyed tourists can now play spot the celebrity at locations around Europe, as the cast and crew have been caught at the Monaco Grand Prix, touring the starting grid, as well as in the famous Piazza Navona, in Rome.

Yet not everything has gone as smoothly as one might imagine. According to one comical report, earlier this year, Brad Pitt and George Clooney were refused entry to the hotel they were staying at, after returning from a rain-soaked jog, and being refused admission by an over-eager concierge, who thought the dishevelled duo were vagrants!

That aside, the cool vibe surrounding the project shows no sign of abating and the film looks set to become another massive hit for distributor, Warner Bros.

For the record, Catherine Zeta-Jones is reported to be playing the ex-wife of Brad Pitt’s character - which could lead to yet more verbal fireworks when the pair reunite onscreen.

And if all that’s not enough to whet your appetite, then click here for some exclusive images from the set, courtesy of website, thezreview.

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