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OCEAN’S ELEVEN Female-Driven Spinoff OCEAN’S EIGHT Rounds Out Cast, Gets October Start Date

Mindy Kaling, Anne Hathaway, and Rihanna.

Mindy Kaling, Anne Hathaway, and Rihanna.

In the tradition of GHOSTBUSTERS, Hollywood looks to be turning another franchise into a female-driven one — OCEAN’S ELEVEN. This time around, the Ocean in question will be played by  Oscar-winning actress Sandra Bullock. However, unlike with GHOSTBUSTERS, OCEAN’S EIGHT will not be set in a different universe as the 2001 George Clooney film, but will take place within the same one.

It’s been almost a year since the idea of this film has been announced, and in that time, the studio has rounded out most of the cast, and set a start date, Deadline reports. Here’s who we’ll have joining the illustrious eight:

  • Sandra Bullock
  • Anne Hathaway
  • Rihanna
  • Awkwafina
  • Helena Bonham Carter
  • Cate Blanchett
  • Mindy Kaling

Sandra Bullock and Cate Blanchett

Sandra Bullock and Cate Blanchett

Nora Lum (a.k.a. Awkwafina)

Nora Lum (a.k.a. Awkwafina)

As you can see, this gives us seven lead players, making us one lady shy of the needed eight, so it’s only a matter of time until that cast member gets announced. The casting of the film is still reportedly ongoing, but Warner Bros. has confirmed that they will begin filming the movie in New York in October, giving them a decent amount of time to close any casting deals.

The film is set to be helmed by HUNGER GAMES director Gary Ross, so between him and the cast, there’s no denying there’s some real talent behind this project. I just hope this doesn’t turn into an “us too” project. As much as I am for a more equal representation of women in Hollywood, I do wish Hollywood would give them their own stories more often, rather than replace the male characters with female counterparts. Yes, Hollywood is lazy, but there are plenty of great female-driven stories that could be told without having to resort to reboots or remakes of other properties. Minor social justice grievances aside, there is still a lot of great potential here.

Given the diverse cast and wide range of talent, this could be an amazingly fun ride for everyone — not just women. In addition, since this film is set in the same universe as the recent OCEAN’S trilogy, there could be room for some cameos from those cast members.

What do you think of this OCEAN’S EIGHT cast? Are you on board for a female-driven heist flick with connections to the Clooney trilogy? Let us know your thoughts down below!

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SOURCE: Deadline

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