Warner Brothers has lined up several major actresses for the Oceans Eleven spinoff Oceans Eight starring Sandra Bullock and Cate Blanchett.
THR reports singer Rihanna and actresses Anne Hathaway, Helena Bonham Carter, Mindy Kaling, and Awkwafina (who co-starred in Neighbors 2) are in talks to join Oceans Eight, a spinoff of the 2001 Ocean’s Eleven reboot starring George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, and Julia Roberts.
The project has been in the works for years with Cate Blanchett and Sandra Bullock long attached, but the recent casting additions suggest the project is now moving forward.
(Side note: Oceans Eight may be called Oceans Ocho, if THR’s report is to be believed. Variety and Deadline are calling it Eight.)
“Plot details are vague other than the film following a similar path from the George Clooney pic about group of thieves and con (women) led by Bullock who embark on a plan to pull off a major heist,” according to Variety.
Update: A writer for THR says the plot revolves around the New York Met Gala:
The plot revolves around a heist at New York's Met Gala, according to my sources. https://t.co/9DoyEIwko9
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Eleven was based on 1960s Oceans 11 starring Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, and Sammy Davis Jr. Like the recent Ghostbusters, Hollywood has started looking at how to reboot films with a genderswap twist.
The Hunger Games director Gary Ross will helm Oceans Ocho / Eight.
With a cast this impressive, the movie is sure to be a big success. Right? Right??