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Mac puts toe in Warners’ ‘Ocean’

Comic is on a roll with next year's Fox laffer

Standup vet and “Original Kings of Comedy” star Bernie Mac is in negotiations to join the cast of Steven Soderbergh’s “Ocean’s Eleven” at Warner Bros. Pictures.

Mac will portray one of the titular 11 in the pic, based on the 1960 film of the same name. Picture stars George Clooney as a ringleader who rounds up 10 associates to stage simultaneous heists of three major Las Vegas casinos.

Last week, Fox Broadcasting snagged Mac to star in a family comedy for fall 2001. Web has made a put pilot commitment to the Mac project, to be created and exec produced by Larry Wilmore (“The PJs”) via Regency Television and 20th Century Fox Television. Production has been fast-tracked, with the pilot to be shot in January for consideration for a spot on Fox’s 2001 fall sked.

Mac’s feature credits include “Life,” “The Players Club,” “Friday” and Spike Lee’s “Get on the Bus.” He’s had recurring roles on “Moesha” and “The Wayans Bros.”

Mac is repped by United Talent Agency, manager Steven Greener at Union and attorney Barry Hirsch.

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