There's been quite a bit of talk lately regarding whether or not Hollywood can swap the genders of iconic characters. Some see it as a natural progression of creativity, while others don't want to see certain attributes of their favorite characters altered. The upcoming remake of Ocean's Eleven seems to be leaning headfirst into the changing of the times, and will bring audiences an all female version of the iconic heist troupe. We've known for some time that Sandra Bullock would lead the affair, but now it seems that some highly unusual (and highly exciting) actresses may join the film as well.
According to a new report from Showbiz 411 it seems that the upcoming Ocean's Eleven remake has locked down actress Helena Bonham Carter for an undisclosed role in the film. Carter has made a name for herself over the years portraying oddball characters such as Marla Singer in David Fincher's Fight Club, as well as Bellatrix Lestrange in the Harry Potter franchise -- among many others.
Every member of the Ocean's Eleven crew always seems to have a particular skill set to set them apart from the others, and we expect this version of the franchise to be no different. Given Helena Bonham Carter's knack for portraying certifiably weird characters over the years, we think she will take on the form of the "Wild Card" for the team; the one who is unafraid to put herself in extreme situations to get the job done.
However, Helena Bonham Carter isn't the only actress to have joined the upcoming Ocean's Eleven remake. We've also learned that television actress Mindy Kaling has also signed on to Gary Ross' all female take of the legendary franchise. Of course, to TV fans Mindy Kaling needs no introduction; she's best known for her work on NBC's The Office, as well as headlining her own series, The Mindy Project.
Much like Helena Bonham Carter, Mindy Kaling has also developed a niche with regards to the types of characters she portrays. Primarily a comedic actress, Kaling has become known for her work in awkward, situational comedies. It wouldn't be a stretch of the imagination to see her taking on a role similar to Matt Damon's character, Linus Caldwell -- often depicted as one of the less confident and less competent members of the team.
Aside from these massive revelations, we've also learned a few other interesting tidbits about the upcoming Ocean's Eleven film. It seems that actress Cate Blanchett has also confirmed her involvement in the project, but it's looking less and less likely that Jennifer Lawrence will sign on to the affair, contrary to numerous earlier reports. All told, it seems that this film has begun to assemble a downright phenomenal ensemble, and we couldn't be happier.
At the end of the day, the all-female Ocean's Eleven remake is still in the very early stages of development. We won't know the true nature of these actresses' characters until production commences. We here at Cinema Blend will bring you more information related to the project as it becomes available to us.