Warner Bros. isn’t done with the Ocean’s franchise. The Hollywood Reporter has revealed that fan-favorite actress Margot Robbie will star in an upcoming prequel to the iconic film series, set to be directed by veteran filmmaker Jay Roach. Plot details are still being kept under wraps, but the story will reportedly take place in Europe during the 1960s. It will be brought to life from an original screenplay by writer Carrie Solomon. The goal is to begin production by 2023, but THR notes the project has yet to receive an official green light and is still merely in early production.
This will be the second time Robbie and Roach work together, following 2019’s Oscar-nominated Bombshell. The actress will also produce the film through her production company Lucky Chap, alongside Village Roadshow. Gary Ross, who directed the previous franchise installment Ocean’s Eight, will return in a producing capacity as well.
The new prequel will look to revitalize a series that began with Steven Soderbergh’s Ocean’s Eleven in 2001, itself a remake of the 1960 film based on a book of the same name. Former stars attached to the movies include major names like George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Sandra Bullock, Al Pacino, and Julia Roberts. The last attempt at bringing the franchise back to life was the aforementioned Ocean’s Eight. Unfortunately, there was never a sequel announcement, even with an all-star cast consisting of Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Sarah Paulson, Anne Hathaway, Mindy Kaling, Helena Bonham Carter, and more. However, with Ross back to produce this new prequel, maybe there will still be some connections down the line.