Casey Affleck pulled off one big trick this year with his staged Joaquin Phoenix documentary "I'm Still Here," and it looks he'll be doing the same for his next big role in "Rush Hour" director Brett Ratner's "Ocean's Eleven"-meets-Bernie Madoff flick "Tower Heist."
The film already has big acting guns signed on in the form of Ben Stiller, Eddie Murphy, Matthew Broderick, Tea Leoni, Gabourey Sidibe, Judd Hirsch, Alan Alda and Michael Pena... so Affleck will be playing off some big star power. He'll portray Stiller's friend and a potential traitor in a plot to rob a rich penthouse tenant played by Alda, according to a Hollywood Reporter story.
Affleck held his own just fine in 2001's "Ocean's Eleven" and its two sequels, so he should be suitably prepped to share the spotlight with this cast. It may make for a fine revenge fantasy for everyone who got swindled by the real-life Bernie Madoff and his ponzi scheme.
Broderick will reportedly play a Wall Street man who lost his job and turns against Alda to help out Stiller's posse. We all know the formulas and how these heist movies turn out in the end, but throwing in some potential betrayals among friends and colleagues along the way should keep things interesting. And, with zero chatter about the star-studded "Ocean's" cast reuniting for "Ocean's 14," this could be the closest thing we get until someone else decides to reboot the franchise 30 years from now.
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