Warner Bros. Pictures and producer Jerry Weintraub have set a July 21 start date for Ocean's Thirteen, and Ellen Barkin is the third film's new leading lady, reports Variety.
Filming will take place primarily on five soundstages on the Warner Bros. lot in Burbank, where a fully operational casino will be built.
The first "Ocean's" film was shot at the Bellagio in Las Vegas, the sequel in Europe, but it became too arduous to shoot a movie around the gambling traffic in a real casino, producer Jerry Weintraub told the trade. Director Steven Soderbergh and star George Clooney just used the WB soundstages to shoot The Good German, a European-set period drama.
Soderbergh has already committed to direct returning cast members George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Andy Garcia, Don Cheadle, Bernie Mac, Casey Affleck, Scott Caan, Eddie Jemison, Shaobo Qin, Carl Reiner and Elliott Gould.
With Barkin in, that means previous female leads Julia Roberts and Catherine Zeta-Jones are sitting this one out. Barkin's character will get closely involved with Damon's character.
Warner Bros. will co-finance with Village Roadshow Pictures for a summer 2007 release. The film is a co-production between Jerry Weintraub Productions and Section Eight.
The film was scripted by Rounders screenwriters Brian Koppelman and David Levien.
Ocean's Eleven earned $450.7 million worldwide and Ocean's Twelve took in $362.7 million.