‘Oceans Eleven’ returns to theaters for first time in more than a decade: ‘It’s gonna be a special film’
It’s been almost eight years since the blockbuster “Oceans 11” hit theaters, and fans of the sci-fi adventure are still waiting for its follow-up film, “Olympus.”
That film, which stars Brad Pitt and Matt Damon, is scheduled to open in theaters July 6.
Now, “Ocean’s Eleven” stars Jamie Lee Curtis, who also played the role of a former CIA agent who goes on the run after her partner is killed.
She spoke to CBC News in an exclusive interview for “The Early Show” on Thursday about her role in the upcoming film, her relationship with Pitt, and how the movie is different from the original.
The interview will air on CBC Radio’s The Early Show on Sunday at 8:30 a.m.
ET. 1:01 “I was in a very good place, I was a little bit more confident, a little more focused on my work and on what I was doing,” Curtis said.
“And so I thought, ‘Well, it’s time to do this.’
And I was really excited about it.
And it’s a really good thing, too, because I’ve been on a lot of films that I haven’t done a lot.
So I really had a good feeling about this one.
And I think I’m really enjoying it.
I’ve got great energy and I think that’s why it’s coming together.
And what I’m getting from it is really, really interesting.
So, I can’t wait to see what I get, so that’s good.”
Curtis, 39, is one of the actors who will be making a comeback in the film, as she’s been working with producer-director Joe Cornish, whose credits include the 2012 “The Avengers.”
Curtis was on board for the film before director Tim Burton came aboard in late 2016, but it wasn’t until Cornish stepped in to direct the film in late 2017 that she started to see more of Curtis’ performance.
“I had a really wonderful time working with Joe,” Curtis told CBC News.
“The movie’s a beautiful film.
It’s a wonderful movie.
It has a great cast, and it’s so well-written.
So there’s so much depth, so much emotion, that it’s really, truly special.
And so I’m excited to be in it again.”
Curtis’ involvement in the sequel is the latest in a long line of projects she’s appeared in over the years.
She also appeared in a series of TV commercials for the “Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea” and “Lost Planet” series of films.
She had previously appeared in “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,” “Mulan,” “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe,” “Star Trek: Discovery,” and “The Lion King.”
Curtis has previously said she’s not “looking to make another ‘Ocean’s 11.’
I’ve had other projects lined up for the next eight years.
I’m just focused on this movie.”
The actress also discussed her role as a young woman in the movie, which has also drawn comparisons to “American Beauty,” which starred Charlize Theron and Reese Witherspoon.
“It’s going to be a very special film, I think,” she said.
“[Director] Joe Cornis is one that I’m very much looking forward to working with.
And we have a lot in common, I believe.”
Curtis is not the only “Ocean” actor who’s returned to the franchise for a return.
In addition to Curtis, Mark Rylance, Bill Paxton, and John Boyega are set to reprise their roles from the 2010 film.
Curtis said she can’t really think of another actress who has been back to the film for such a long time.
“There’s no one,” she told CBC.
“We’ve been here for eight years now, and we’re not going to stop.
And that’s a testament to what we’ve achieved and what we’re capable of doing.
So we’re very excited about what we have in store for people, for the franchise, and for fans, for a long, long time.”
Curtis will return for a cameo in “Ocean 8” in 2018, which was directed by Tim Burton.
The film will be directed by Justin Kurzel, who wrote the original “Ocean 11.”
Curtis said he was really inspired by the story behind “Ocean 9.”
“It was such a strange film, really, and the whole idea of an ocean expedition,” she recalled.
“In my mind, I wanted to write a film about an ocean adventure, and I thought that was a great idea.
I just loved that idea, I loved that concept.
So that was the beginning of this journey.”
Curtis also had a role in “Oceania,”