The Ocean’s 8 trailer introduces Danny Ocean’s sister Debbie (Sandra Bullock) and her fellow conspirators in the Ocean’s spinoff. Rounding out Miss Ocean’s eponymous eight are such big names as Cate Blanchett, Rihanna, Anne Hathaway, Mindy Kaling, Helena Bonham Carter, Awkwafina, and Sarah Paulson. They are joined here by Ocean’s franchise veteran Matt Damon, in a cameo as his character Linus Caldwell, as well as Ocean’s franchise newcomer Richard Armitage (The Hobbit trilogy).
Steven Sodbergh’s Ocean’s Eleven (2001) is a remake of the 1960s movie of the same name and boasts an A-list cast headed by George Clooney and Brad Pitt, as well as Damon. Soderbergh’s remake spawned two sequels – both of which he directed with the same cast – but the heist franchise has been on ice since Ocean’s Thirteen hit theaters back in 2007. However, given how lucrative all three Ocean’s films were (Thirteen, the lowest grossing, still made $311 million worldwide), it was perhaps inevitable that the series would be revisited at some point. Enter Ocean’s 8, a spinoff that doubles as something of a soft reboot.
Following the release of a teaser, Warner Bros. Pictures has unveiled the first full-length Ocean’s 8 trailer online (see the video in the space above). The trailer introduces Miss Ocean and the various “specialists” that she recruits for a high-stakes heist during New York City’s annual Met Gala. Said trailer also provides a quick look at the different skill sets that each member of Debbie’s team brings to the table.
Ocean’s 8 was directed by Gary Ross of Pleasantville and Hunger Games fame, from a script that he cowrote with relative newcomer Olivia Milch. The trailer further emphasizes that Ocean’s 8 is a revival of the franchise and not a full blown reboot that features a gender-swapped cast, a la the 2016 Ghostbusters. Both the teaser and trailer also reveal that Danny died sometime prior to the events of Ocean’s 8, providing more motivation for his sister’s actions in the film. Of course, since this is the great con man Danny Ocean we’re talking about, there’s a reasonable chance that his death was faked.
Ross and Soderbergh are both longtime friends and professional collaborators, with Ross having even done some uncredited work on the original Ocean’s movie trilogy. It’s no surprise, then, that the Ocean’s 8 trailer footage retains the same playful tone as Soderbergh’s Ocean’s movies, as well as their slick visual style and craftsmanship. Ocean’s 8 will have its dramatic moments like Soderbergh’s films before it, but appears to be a chip off the same block when it comes to providing escapist entertainment.
Warner Bros. currently has Ocean’s 8 scheduled to hit theaters next June, one week after Deadpool 2 and one week before Incredibles 2 hits the scene. Even sandwiched between a pair of superhero blockbuster sequels (one of which is decidedly more family friendly than the other), a heist flick for adults like Ocean’s 8 should offer a refreshing change of pace and be able to keep its head above the water at the box office.
Source: Warner Bros. Pictures
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