After co-starring as Ken and Barbie in Greta Gerwig’s upcoming “Barbie” movie, Gosling and Robbie have made plans to team up again for the franchise reboot, directed by Jay Roach and written by Carrie Solomon. Plot details are being kept under wraps, but the prequel story is expected to take place in 1960s Europe, far away from Las Vegas, where the Rat Pack-starring original 1960 film and the George Clooney-fronted trilogy of the early 2000s were based. “Ocean’s 8,” which boasted an all-woman heist crew led by Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett and Anne Hathaway, set its action in New York City.
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In addition to starring in the project, Robbie is set to produce the film under her LuckyChap banner with Tom Ackerley and Michelle Graham. Gary Ross, Olivia Milch and LuckyChap’s Josey McNamara will executive produce. Village Roadshow is also involved in the project in an exec producer capacity.
Reports that heist comedy prequel was in the works surfaced in May, with the caveat that the prequel is in active development at Warner Bros. and has not yet been greenlit. Reports indicate that the project is eyeing a Spring 2023 production start date. Robbie and Gosling’s “Barbie” is slated to open on July 21, 2023.
Puck was first to report news of Gosling’s negotiations to join the picture.
Gosling will also reteam with directors Joe and Anthony Russo for a sequel to his Netflix hit “The Gray Man.” Gosling is repped by CAA and Sloane, Offer, Weber & Dern.
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