Thesp joins Soderbergh's 'Thirteen'
Al Pacino has been added to Steven Soderbergh’s “Ocean’s Thirteen” gang.Thesp joins the cast — headed by George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Andy Garcia, Don Cheadle and Bernie Mac — and their franchise’s new leading lady, Ellen Barkin. Jerry Weintraub is producing the pic, which has a July 21 start date. Shooting is scheduled to take place in Las Vegas and Los Angeles. “Rounders” scribes Brian Koppelman and David Levien penned the script. Details of the plot are being kept under wraps, but Warners revealed that Pacino will be playing Willie Banks, the owner of a high-profile casino and hotel in Las Vegas. Warner Bros. Pictures is co-financing the latest “Ocean’s” installment along with Village Roadshow Pictures. WB will handle the summer 2007 release in all territories except Australia, New Zealand, Singapore and Greece, where Village Roadshow will distribute. Pic is a co-production between Jerry Weintraub Prods. and Section Eight. Pacino was last seen onscreen with Matthew McConaughey in the sports drama “Two for the Money.”