Sarah Paulson, coming off her star turn in the FX miniseries “The People Vs. O.J. Simpson,” is in talks to join the cast of Warner Bros. “Ocean’s Eight,” a source with knowledge of the movie confirmed to TheWrap.
Gary Ross will direct the spinoff of Steven Soderbergh‘s “Ocean’s Eleven” trilogy, whose cast also includes Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, Rihanna, Helena Bonham Carter, Awkwafina and Mindy Kaling.
In June, Ross said the latest “Ocean’s” film would be essentially a continuation of the franchise — only with a female-driven cast. The original “Ocean’s Eleven” trilogy starred George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Don Cheadle and Julia Roberts.
“It’s a pretty similar tone. You know, Steven Soderbergh and I are incredibly close friends, and we would not have done this if we weren’t. I don’t think he would’ve wanted anyone to do it if we weren’t. This is very much an extension and a continuation,” Ross told Slashfilm.
Ross said Soderbergh would be a producer on the project, which is expected to begin filming in October. The three previous “Ocean’s” movies combined to make $426 million domestically and $1.1 billion worldwide. 2001’s “Ocean’s Eleven” was a remake of a 1960 film of the same name starring the Rat Pack.