Hollywood momentarily has a penchant for gender swapping. As we know by now Ghostbusters is being revamped with a complete female cast. Now, Ocean’s Eleven is set to be the next film franchise to join the trend. The Hunger Games director Gary Ross is set to take the reigns, with Steven Soderbergh, the director of the trilogy, backing it.
Words: Tiasha Simon, Subeditor: Yasmin Harding
According to The Playlist, Sandra Bullock will be taking centre stage of the popular heist movie, with George Clooney on board as a producer. The pair have worked together before, co-starring in gravity and recently alongside each other again for the political satire Our Brand Is Crisis, in which Bullock took the role that was originally written for Clooney.
The Oscar winner for The Blindside, told Entertainment Weekly back in August that ‘I just put out the feelers saying, ‘I’m not reading anything I’m excited about. Are there any male roles out there that they don’t mind switching to a female role?’ It seems Bullock taking lead for this project is fitting.
However when roles are reversed, the controversy pours in, news of Paul Feig’s Ghostbusters rebranding was met with a lot of negativity. Fans of the original took to twitter to voice their anger, one member stating “They just better call it ‘LADY Ghostbusters’ so people know what they’re walking into. Wouldn’t want irate ticket-buyers asking for refunds” to another member expressing “Ghostbusters is now a chick flick wtf.”
Hopefully this news is met with less contempt.