Director Gary Ross and Warner Bros. are eyeing down their cast for Ocean’s 8, It will be a continuation of Steven Soderbergh‘s Ocean’s 11 trilogy. Cast includes Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, Helena Bonham Carter,and Mindy Kaling, who were all previously cast, now Rihanna and rapper/actress Awkwafina will be joining them in the movie.
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.