Ocean’s Eight, which began filming in New York last week, has already generated plenty of debate as the latest all-female spinoff of a popular blockbuster franchise.
Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, Rihanna, Sarah Paulson, Helena Bonham Carter, Mindy Kaling and hip-hop artist Awkwafina will star in the film, which seeks to capitalize on the success of heist movies Oceans Eleven, Oceans Twelve and Oceans Thirteen. (Oceans 11 itself was based on the 1960 heist flick starring Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin.)
The Oceans trilogy featured George Clooney, Brad Pitt and Matt Damon. But a source, who has seen the script of Ocean’s Eight, tells Heat Street that Clooney will be reprising his role as Danny Ocean in the female-driven reboot (he is also a producer of the film).
The news comes in the wake of the mixed track record of female-driven remakes—notably Ghostbusters last summer.
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“George Clooney will once again play Danny Ocean but his responsibilities have shifted to overseeing the female thieves,” says the source. “He’s nominally their boss and there’s plenty of good-natured ribbing between him and the women.”
Sandra Bullock—a close friend of Clooney, who starred with him in sci-fi smash Gravity—plays Danny Ocean’s sister in the film, who is leading a team entrusted with stealing a necklace from the Met Ball.
“Clooney has a proper supporting role in Ocean’s Eight, it’s not a cameo like Bill Murray and Dan Aykroyd had in Ghostbusters,” adds the source. “Evidently Warner Bros wants Oceans Eight to have a strong connection to the preceding films and not risk its commercial prospects by entirely featuring brand new characters.”
Oceans Eight is directed by Gary Ross, who made The Hunger Games and co-wrote Big. It opens next July, on the same day as Transformers 6, which isn’t as of yet getting an all-female reboot.