(April 25, 2006 - Burbank, CA) – Award-winning actor Al Pacino will join the all-star ensemble cast of “Ocean’s 13” for producer Jerry Weintraub and director Steven Soderbergh, playing Willie Banks, owner of a high-profile casino and hotel in Las Vegas. Pacino, who earned an Oscar for his starring role in “Scent of a Woman” and was nominated eight times, also earned two Tony Awards, for his roles in “Does the Tiger Wear a Necktie?” and “The Education of Pavlo Hummel.” Among his iconic characters are the part of Michael Corleone in the Godfather trilogy, as well as unforgettable performances in such films as “Dog Day Afternoon,” “Donnie Brasco,” “Glengarry Glen Ross,” “Scarface” and “Serpico.” In 2005 Pacino was honored with the American Film Institute’s Lifetime Achievement Award. The cast of the first two “Ocean’s” movies, including George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Andy Garcia, Don Cheadle, Bernie Mac, Casey Affleck, Scott Caan, Eddie Jemison, Shaobo Qin, Carl Reiner and Elliott Gould, will return. Ellen Barkin will join the ensemble for its third outing. The film will be co-financed by Warner Bros. Pictures and Village Roadshow Pictures. Warner Bros. will distribute worldwide in all territories except Australia, New Zealand, Singapore and Greece, where Village Roadshow will distribute. Principal photography is expected to begin July 21, 2006, in Las Vegas and Los Angeles, from a script by Brian Koppelman & David Levien. Weintraub will produce the Jerry Weintraub Productions – Section Eight production. Jessica Goodman will oversee the production for Warner Bros. Pictures.
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