Those worried that the upcoming "Ocean's Thirteen" would suffer a reduction of star power in the absence of Julia Roberts and Catherine Zeta-Jones can rest easy.
Oscar winner Al Pacino is joining the cast of the blockbuster sequel, taking his place alongside George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Andy Garcia, Don Cheadle, Bernie Mac and the rest of the usual suspects.
Very little is known about the plot of the Steven Soderbergh-directed sequel or the script by Brian Koppelman and David Levien, though shooting will begin in Los Angeles and Las Vegas on July 21.
According to Variety, Pacino will play Willie Banks, the owner of a high-profile Vegas casino. Will Danny Ocean and his buddies attempt to rip him off? Who knows?
Eagle-eyed readers will recall that the only other new addition to the cast has been Ellen Barkin, suggesting that producer Jerry Weintraub is attempting to reunite the stars of "Sea of Love." John Goodman and Michael Rooker should be waiting by the phone.
Pacino, winner of an unofficial lifetime achievement Oscar for "Scent of a Woman," was most recently seen in "Two For the Money."Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times