(Dec. 19th) Warner Bros. unleashed the first official trailer of “Ocean’s 8” and it looks like all hell is gonna break loose at the star-studded annual Met Gala in New York City.
A sequel to and a spin-off from the Ocean’s trilogy that enthralled cinegoers in the first decade of the century, Ocean’s 8 promises to keep the momentum going, and even take it to another level, with an all-female ensemble star cast.
Sandra Bullock plays Danny Ocean’s estranged sister Debbie Ocean, who is out on parole trying to recruit a perfect crew of motely females for a special job she has in mind – snatch Hathaway’s character Daphne Kluger’s $150 million necklace at the star-studded ultra-glamorous annual fundraising Met Gala in New York City.
The final team:
- Debbie Ocean (Sandra Bullock) – Team leader
- Lou (Cate Blanchett) – Second in command. She is to Bullock what Brad Pitt was to George Clooney in the Ocean’s trilogy.
- Amita (Mindy Kaling) – Jewellery expert
- Tammy (Sarah Paulson) – Reluctant mom
- Nine Ball (Rihanna) – Computer hacker
- Rose (Helena Bonham Carter) – Fashion store worker
- Constance (Awkwafina) – Street smart hustler and pickpocket
- Daphne Kluger (Anne Hathaway) who is the target – or more specifically, her $150 million necklace – makes up the eighth element in the octet of Debbie Ocean’s eight.
The start of the trailer, which is almost identical to that of Ocean’s 11’s back then, shows an incarcerated Ocean being assessed for parole in a prison interview. Obviously, she’ll do anything to get out of there even if it means lying through her teeth.
“If I were to be released, I would just want a simple life, I just wanna hold on a job, make some friends, yeah, pay my bills.”
It’s not really clear from the trailer – and one wonders if it would be made so in the movie – as to why she was incarcerated in the first place. On second thoughts, who cares!
The scene cuts to a restaurant where Ocean is discussing her plans with Lou, her deputy-in-crime-to-be.
“Even if this was possible, you’d need twenty people,” says Lou.
“Seven people,” Ocean responds without missing a beat.
“Why do you need to do this?” asks Lou in a weak attempt to make her not go ahead with it.
“Because it’s what I’m good at,” replies Ocean.
And thus begins the recruitment process.
As Debbie is seen visiting her brother Danny’s grave in the trailer, his appearance in the film is out of the question unless, of course, he is resurrected in some kind of flashback sequence.
Also, since the year of death on his tombstone shows 2018, the story is probably being told in the future.
As for Rihanna’s acting prowess, we’ll have to wait for the movie as the trailer hardly gives enough to be a judge of that.
“What’s your name?” asks Debbie.
“Nine-ball,” replies Rihanna’s character.
“What’s your real name?” Debbie pushes.
“Eight-ball,” comes the wiseass reply.
And going by just that, she’s done a pretty good job.
Kim Kardashian, Maria Sharapova, Zayn Malik, Katie Holmes, Serena Williams, Kylie Jenner, Kendall Jenner and a few others are reportedly making cameo appearances, which shouldn’t come as a surprise, as the star-studded Met Gala could do with some known celebrity faces to make it more realistic.
Matt Damon and Carl Reiner will return as Linus Caldwell and Saul Bloom, respectively, from the Ocean’s Trilogy – also in cameo appearances.
Steven Soderbergh and Susan Ekins have produced the Gary Ross-Olivia Milch screenplay. Gary Ross has also directed the film.
The film will be released on June 8, 2018, in the United States.
To put it in perspective, Ocean’s 8 is the spin-off/sequel of “Ocean’s Thirteen” – the sequel to “Ocean’s Twelve,” which, again, was the sequel of “Ocean’s Eleven,” which itself was the remake of the original “Ocean’s 11” – a Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, and Sammy Davis Jr. starrer released in 1960.
Confused? Aren’t we all? How much more complicated can it get? Well, a lot more if this turns out to be a box-office hit! It will sure as hell trigger an avalanche of all-female sequels.
Watch the trailer here:
Reactions on Twitter:
— M. T. Yared (@michelayared) December 20, 2017
Typical. The women’s Oceans movie is only 70% of the previous Oceans trilogy. ?♀️ #Oceans8
— Science-Based Kelly (@klybob) December 20, 2017
— Deem (@Deemz11) December 20, 2017