George Clooney Excited for Ryan Gosling and Margot Robbie Taking Over ‘Ocean’s Eleven’ Prequel

Acclaimed actor and director George Clooney has shown his approval over Hollywood heavyweights Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling’s casting as his on-screen parents in the upcoming ‘Ocean’s Eleven’ prequel. He candidly shared, “It makes sense.”

“Margot Robbie’s my mother? I’ve always thought that. And Ryan Gosling is my father, and when you think about it, it makes sense. Truly.”

‘Oceans’: The Next Chapter of the Beloved Franchise

The prequel, intriguingly titled ‘Oceans’, shifts the setting to 1960s Europe. Contrary to initial speculation, the storyline will not be a remake of the original film, but instead explore the lives of Mr. and Mrs. Ocean—the parents of George Clooney’s Danny Ocean and Sandra Bullock’s ‘Ocean’s 8’ character Debora—training their offspring to rob the affluent. The film’s production has audiences eagerly anticipating Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling’s star-studded portrayal of the Ocean seniors.

‘Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery’ filmmaker Jay Roach has been appointed as the movie’s director. The upcoming ‘Oceans’ prequel promises to walk the fine line between honouring the franchise’s legacy and injecting fresh energy into its plot.

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Preserving the Legacy of ‘Ocean’s Eleven’

The original ‘Ocean’s Eleven’ franchise, helmed by Steven Soderbergh in 2001, cemented its place in pop culture with one of the most formidable ensemble casts to-date. Housing big names like George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts, and Matt Damon, the franchise spawned two successful sequels—’Ocean’s Twelve’ and ‘Ocean’s Thirteen’—and a spinoff featuring an all-female cast, ‘Ocean’s 8’. With the upcoming prequel, producer Josey McNamara assures fans that it will “do right” by the long-established franchise.

“I can’t really say much, but I think we’re just trying to do right by the franchise. I’m excited for people to experience it when it’s ready […] They’re wonderful together [Robbie and Gosling]. The more projects even outside of that we can have them do would be amazing.”

Meanwhile, George Clooney is flexing his directorial muscles once more with the biographical sports drama, ‘The Boys in the Boat’, based on the real-life exploits of the 1936 University of Washington rowing team that vied for the gold at the Berlin Summer Olympics.

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Anticipated Film Releases

‘The Boys in the Boat’ premiered on December 11, 2023, and is poised for broader release via Amazon MGM Studios on December 25, 2023, just in time for the Christmas holidays. While details of ‘Oceans’ release are still under wraps, the anticipation among fans continues to mount.

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