OCEAN'S 8 Locks In Its Female Cast with Anne Hathaway, Cate Blanchett, Sandra Bullock, Rihanna, and More
Director Gary Ross and Warner Bros. are locking down their cast for Ocean's 8, which will be a continuation of Steven Soderbergh's Ocean's 11 trilogy. The cast that they've brought together for the feature includes Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, Helena Bonham Carter, and Mindy Kaling, who were all previously cast, and now we've found out they will be joined by Rihanna and rapper/actress Awkwafina.
This is a pretty solid cast and the studio and director are still in the process of casting other actors. They still need one more actress to take on the eighth member of the team. Soderbergh is producing the film alongside Ross, who is also writing the script with Olivia Milch.
Bullock plays George Clooney's character's ex-con sister in the film, and she recruits her own team to steal a necklace from the Met Ball and frame a villainous gallery owner. When previously talking about the movie, Ross said:
I think it’s a pretty similar tone. You know, Steven Soderbergh and I are incredibly close friends, and we would not have done this if we weren’t. I don’t think he would’ve wanted anyone to do it if we weren’t. This is very much an extension and a continuation. He’s a producer on the movie. In one way or another, this has been a 20-year conversation between Steven and I, collaborating in ways the whole world doesn’t know about: I helped him on the previous Ocean’s Eleven films; he shot second unit on The Hunger Games; I’ve done ADR lines for him; and he reads all my scripts. It’s a very long, ongoing collaboration. This, I think, is a very seamless process. We’re different filmmakers, obviously, so there will be those differences, but one of the things I’m drawn to is the amazing tone Steven was able to create, and we discuss that a lot. We discuss the cinema a lot, the shooting style, the rhythm, the editing style, and the music. We discuss it all. I’m in no way trying to reinvent the tone, and I’m thrilled and honored to be extending it. It’s really fun to work with.
I enjoyed the hell out of Soderbergh's Ocean's films and I think this next film in the franchise could be great. There's a lot of talented people involved with this project and I'm looking forward to seeing what they do with it.