Danny Ocean (George Clooney) appears to be dead in the trailer teaser for the spinoff Ocean's 8. Ocean’s Eleven, a remake of a 1960s Rat Pack film that starred Frank Sinatra and friends, was a mega hit when it arrived in late 2001. Starring an all-star cast that featured George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Julia Roberts and many others carrying out a heist of three different Las Vegas casinos, Ocean’s Eleven was a hit that went on to earn a pair of sequels, in 2004 and 2007, although neither quite has the reputation of their predecessor.
Rumors of a return to the series, likely one with a predominantly female cast, floated for awhile, until Ocean’s 8 was formally announced last summer. The film, set in New York City, will star Sandra Bullock as the sister of Clooney’s Danny Ocean character, clearly following in her brother’s footsteps as a coordinator of heists. Questions have been raised over which stars of the previous Ocean’s trilogy will show up in the new film - save for Matt Damon and Carl Reiner, who have already been confirmed - and a new teaser for Ocean's 8 seems to retire the question about at least one of them.
The first teaser for Ocean’s Eight was released Monday, ahead of a promised full trailer on Tuesday, and the 15-second clip consists of many shots that flash by for less than a second. However, in one of them, we see Bullock’s Debbie Ocean character sitting in front of what appears to be a memorial plaque for Danny Ocean, indicating that the Clooney character has died at some point since Ocean’s Thirteen.
What do we know about the new film? It stars Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, Helena Bonham Carter, Rihanna, Mindy Kaling, Sarah Paulson, and Awkwafina as the “8” of the title, and the heist takes place during New York’s Met Gala. Damon and Reiner are apparently set to make cameos as their characters from the previous Ocean’s films.
Gary Ross is the director, and if the 15-second teaser is any indication, the film has a style and energy similar to what Steven Soderbergh brought to the previous movies. That’s a really tremendous cast, one with a whole bunch of Oscars and other awards to their names, and at the very least the movie will serve as counterprogramming to next summer’s action and superhero blockbusters.
The other question is, is Danny Ocean really dead? It certainly looks that way from the trailer teaser, but don’t forget that Mr. Ocean is a thief and con man, so faking his own death wouldn’t exactly be out of character for him.
Source: Warner Bros. Pictures
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