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Steven Soderbergh is Making Another “Ocean’s 11” Movie, But for NASCAR

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When you watched the movie Ocean’s 11, did you think to yourself, “Eh, this was OK, but where was the fun Dale Earnhardt Jr. cameo I wanted?”

Don’t worry, fam, Hollywood’s got you.

Right now, the dream factory is cooking up a movie that has Ocean’s 11’s same basic plot (a gang of elite criminals pulling off a high-stakes heist), gimmick (having an all-star cast play said gang of elite criminals), and director (Steven Soderbergh). There’s just one big difference: instead of taking place in Las Vegas, it’s set at a NASCAR racetrack.

The film, called Logan Lucky, begins filming soon and is due out in 2017. The vice president of entertainment marketing and content development for NASCAR described the movie as “a big-hearted, fun story that showcases NASCAR and Charlotte Motor Speedway as the world-class sports entertainment property and venue that they are, much like the Bellagio in Steven’s Ocean’s Eleven.”

Channing Tatum is set to star, presumably filling the George Clooney role, and rounding out the rest of the cast is Katherine Heigl, Daniel Craig, Riley Keough, Seth MacFarlane, and the appropriately-named Adam Driver, who played Kylo Ren in last year’s The Force Awakens.

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Director Steven Soderbergh had previously announced he was retiring from movies in 2013, but much like the characters in his Ocean’s sequels, he apparently can’t resist pulling one last job.

As of yet, there are no details to report about the film, but I’m willing to make a few uninformed predictions regarding stuff that will probably happen at some point during the movie:

  1. As part of the heist, Seth McFarlane’s character will use at least one fake voice or accent in order to deceive someone
  2. In a winking nod to the audience, Daniel Craig will drive an Aston Martin as his getaway car
  3. The aforementioned Aston Martin may or may not be equipped with some sort of Bond-like gadget
  4. Adam Driver will play the redneck NASCAR fan or driver
  5. At one point, Driver’s character will say something stupid, which will earn him a withering stare from Craig’s competent British specialist character
  6. Matt Damon will show up at some point in a cameo role
  7. The film will be followed by a couple of sequels that are unremarkable and a bit too cutesy, but still enjoyably slick pieces of Hollywood entertainment

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Patrick Grieve was born in Southwestern Ohio and has lived there all of his life, with the exception of a few years spent getting a Creative Writing degree in Southeastern Ohio. He loves to take road trips, sometimes to places as distant as Northeastern or even Northwestern Ohio. Patrick also enjoys old movies, shopping at thrift stores, going to ballgames, writing about those things, and watching Law & Order reruns. He just watches the original series, though, none of the spin-offs. And also only the ones they made before Jerry Orbach died. Season five was really the peak, in his opinion. See more articles by Patrick.