Mark it in your calendar. June 8th, 2018. This will be the moment when the world will get to see how a brand new female entourage will deal with the Ocean's franchise. Allowing audiences to gauge whether or not the ladies can breath life into the series. According to THR, Ocean's 8 is heading into the starting process of production in New York this October, where it will begin to put the pieces of the puzzle together. The primary piece will be an all-star cast of the best and brightest women within the entertainment industry.
As reported back in August, pop sensation Rihanna was a surprise addition to the set that will feature a list of names packed with talent. Joining the award-winning recording artist will be Sandra Bullock, Anne Hathaway, Cate Blanchett, Sarah Paulson, Awkwafina, Mindy Kaling and just for good measure, the always brilliant Helena Bonham Carter.
So Many Stars, So Little Time
Packing this much quality into one production is a mouth-watering prospect for any lover of film. But how will it translate come the summer of 2018? There is a great mix of comedic talent (Kaling, Awkwafina), sex appeal (Rihanna) and all round dramatic class (Bullock, Hathaway, Blanchett, Paulson and Carter) to ensure that the ingredients are there to make a great picture.
Hopefully Warner Brothers and Village Roadshow don't blow their entire budget on the casting. Seems like they should keep some of that money to ensure the screenplay is given due diligence. Because let's not forget the franchise did fall away significantly from the 2001 rat pack feature starring George Clooney, Matt Damon, Brad Pitt and Julia Roberts. Nevermind a host of other big shots.
Sarah Paulson Joins The Elite
Gary Ross is on board to direct Oceans Eight. Susan Ekins will be in the executive producing chair with the studio being represented by Greg Silverman and Jesse Ehrman. Yet it is Sarah Paulson who has quietly achieved a status many thought would have been beyond her not that long ago.
The 41-year old Emmy nominated actress stole the show in the American Crime Story production of The People v. O.J. Simpson. Audiences watched her portray prosecuting attorney Marcia Clark amid the most divisive and watched trial in history. Next to acclaimed counterparts like John Travolta and Cuba Gooding Jr., Paulson was must-watch material. Ocean's Eight will be an even greater opportunity to shine brightest amongst a myriad of stars.