On Wednesday it was revealed that a female-driven spin-off of the “Ocean’s Eleven” series is in the works, with production scheduled to begin this October, and further casting hires have been made. The movie will be called “Ocean’s Ocho” and is set to star Rihanna, Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, Helena Bonham Carter, Bullock, Mindy Kaling and the rapper Awkwafina. Bullock and Blanchett have been attached to the movie for some time, but the other names are a recent addition to the news surrounding the film. The film will be directed by Gary Ross, known for “The Hunger Games.”
Notably, there are only seven names listed in the current casting; given the film’s title, presumably another actress will be joining the project.
The most recent “Ocean’s Eleven” film was released in 2001 and starred the male-heavy cast of George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Don Cheadle, Casey Affleck and Andy Garcia. Julia Roberts was the lone female lead character. It launched two sequels: “Ocean’s Twelve,” in 2004, and “Ocean’s Thirteen,” in 2007. The later two films added Catherine Zeta-Jones and Ellen Barkin, respectively, yet they were marked by a male-centric cast of heist antics. The 2001 film is in itself a remake of the 1960 Rat Pack film “Ocean’s 11,” starring Frank Sinatra, Peter Lawford, Sammy Davis Jr., Dean Martin, Joey Bishop and others.
The casting is the latest in Rihanna’s growing film career. She previously starred in the panned “Battleship” but is set to appear in the upcoming season of “Bates Motel,” as well as Luc Besson’s film “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets.”
The all-female spin-off of the “Ocean’s” franchise comes on the heels of the latest “Ghostbusters” movie, which premiered this summer to less-than-stellar box-office revenue but praise nonetheless for featuring an all-female lead cast.
And judging by Twitter, fans seem to be excited by the casting.
— Consequence of Sound (@consequence) August 10, 2016
— Hannah Orenstein (@hannahorens) August 10, 2016