Rihanna, Anne Hathaway Join ‘Oceans Eleven’ Reboot With Cate Blanchett, Sandra Bullock

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Rihanna and Anne Hathaway are in negotiation to join “Oceans Eight,” the all-female reboot of “Oceans Eleven.”

Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Helena Bonham Carter, and Mindy Kaling, who had previously been linked to the Warner Bros. and Village Roadshow co-production, are leading the ensemble. Nora Lum (better known by her rap name Awkwafina) has also boarded the spinoff from director Gary Ross (“The Hunger Games”).

The film, led by Bullock, will follow a similar path to the George Clooney-starrer about a group of thieves and cons who try to pull off a major heist.

Ross told Slashfilm in June that the pic continues the “Oceans Eleven” trilogy, which also starred Brad Pitt and Matt Damon.

“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,” he said. “This is very much an extension and a continuation.”

“Ocean’s Eleven” director Soderbergh and Ross will produce with Ross and Olivia Milch penning the script. Susan Ekins is executive producing, while Greg Silverman and Jesse Ehrman are overseeing the film for the studio.

Production is scheduled to begin in October in New York.

Rihanna can be seen next in the Luc Besson-helmed “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets.” She is repped by WME.

Deadline Hollywood first reported the news.

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  1. Anabelle says:

    i think this has potential to be a great movie, can’t wait!

  2. curmudgeoninchief says:

    Sounds like a real potential for Diva Poisoning. A lot of big female egos sharing one small screen, but it may work. I would rather these ladies did a remake of “The Full Monty”.

  3. zina bleck says:

    No more reboots please!!! How disappointing :-( We deserve better.

  4. Angelaforpresident says:

    Please start a campaign to have Dame Angela Lansbury cast in the Elliot Gould role. It’d be so much fun to hear her swearing and carrying on. Def be a crowd pleaser don’t you think?

  5. Tom says:

    Here’s a noble idea …. Why not make a reboot of the movie The Crying Game….? This time with a REAL girl.

  6. verbatim says:

    Lately, Hollywood seems to have this compulsion to think they can just remake any movie, using feminism as the basis for the reboot and theater goers will flock to watch it, assuming that the American film watching public thinks like they do.

    Latest example: Ghostbusters tanks; is panned by public opinion, yet embraced by liberal H-wood. On the other hand, Suicide Squad is being portrayed as misogynistic and gun loving by the critics, yet, in one week it has already made more money than the entire release of Ghostbusters.

  7. andreww says:

    The recent release of “Ghostbusters” with an all female cast just continuing this cycle of plagiarism of male success. Of course it’s was competing against “Finding Dory” guess what, a female version following on the coat tails of “Finding Nemo”.

    Back in the 50’s Batman was followed by Batgirl, Superman followed by Super girl and with the popularity of super hero’s in general “Wonder woman” came into being, to give girls a positive role model all be it with larger breasts. But then again all the male super heroes have unrealistic body shapes that is to say large, muscular with rugged good looks but some how that doesn’t effect young adolescent boys the same as girls.

    This trend of males creating and leading a popular pop culture character and or franchises only to have the female equivalent ride the coat tails of success has become common place. In the 70s The six “Million Dollar Man” was followed by the “Bionic woman” In the late 70s “Star Wars” was a extremely successful and predominantly male driven franchise in the last instalment it had a female lead character, even the previous instalments had prominent female roles ie. the Queen, just so the girls don’t feel left out or more importantly feel like their in control.

    In the 80s Pac man was a big success so then they followed that up by releasing Pac woman. In 1984 “Karate kid” came out with two more follow ups being successful of course it was then followed up by a female version of a young girls beating up male bullies. Even “Mad Max” or “Road Warrior” a totally masculine rev head concept had a female lead in the last movie, no sexist complaints there maybe because no one saw it. Again even the previous “Thunder Dome” story had Tina Turner as the strong Female (Queen) leader of a tribe to counter balance Mel Gibson’s lead role and appease the feminists.

    Then the there was the reboot of the television series “Star Trek” with John Luke Piccard, again a bit hit so out comes “Star trek voyager” with a female captain all be it with a male voice. Yet another example in the mid 2000 the popular and ground breaking action movie “300” came out, so hey lets remake it with a female lead who can out fight, and out wit men, what a disappointing disaster.

    • foop says:

      You’re a bit of an idiot, eh?

      • Andrew says:

        Can’t wait for some moronically morphic SJW moron to use a fancy big book learning word not in the daily lexicon unable to respond to factual statements but rather resorting to Name calling then defaming personal attacks based on absolutely false and malicious slander due to personality defects that needs some urgent psychological attenion. If I didn’t have any original ideas and or thought I’d move to LA and become a movie maker.

      • thejohnykat says:

        Or it could just be that all of his “points” were sophomoric at best, bordering on down right idiotic. But I’m sure he’s too busy beating his wife to have an original and well thought out opinion.

      • Andrew says:

        Is that the best you can come back with? Every thing I said was spot on. I don’t thing you can handle the truth with makes you a bit of a poop. See I can name call too.

      • verbatim says:

        @Foop must be a liberal. Did not attempt to address any of @andreww’s points. Just resorted to name calling.

  8. Bobbi says:

    If Hollywood feels compelled to try and entertain us with an all female cast…how ’bout giving us something original.

  9. MWS says:

    I wonder how many people at this point remember Ocean’s Eleven was itself a remake?

  10. Kevin Garren says:

    The idea of rebooting just to change genders is ridiculous, why not make it actual follow up to the films?

    Also, is this even a reboot though? Because two sentences after they call it a reboot, they call it a spinoff. It can’t be both.

  11. Sam says:

    Rihanna? Did Halle Berry, Queen Latifah, Kerry Washington, Megan Good, Gabriella Union, Regina King, Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer, Lupita Nyong’o, Taraji P. Henson, Regina Hall, and others took a passed.

  12. EH says:

    I wonder what Milo will get banned from this time, after he reviews the finished product.

  13. Gene says:

    “Here, ladies, since we know you can’t find an audience of your own with an original story, we’ll just replace you for the men that have already captured an audience in a known vehicle…..”


    Are they ever going to learn?

  14. Alex says:

    When it bombs the people who thought this was a great idea will be nowhere to be found

  15. Chris says:

    So was it pandering when it was an all-male cast?

  16. Just This Guy, You Know? says:

    I wasn’t a huge fan of 12 or 13. Why would I want to see another sequel/reboot in a sea of sequels and reboots? Let alone one that seems extremely gimmicky by just swapping genders? Hell, the Clooney version was a reboot of the Sinatra film. Clooney got lucky on his reboot, and his sequels didn’t really repeat the first one’s quality in my eyes.

    Honestly, if I were a woman, I’d be offended that Hollywood was trying to pander to me by making “X but with women!” everything. As if sharing the same genitalia with its stars means I’ll enjoy it more than the ones we already know. To me, it would just scream “shameless cash grab”.

    Calling it now: When this eventually fails, it will be because WB will claim people are being sexist. The reality, just as with Ghostbusters, will be that IT’S A TERRIBLE MOVIE.

  17. mightymad says:

    The numerous “GB16” comparaison here is weak-sauce.
    “GB16” wasn’t a reboot – it was a straight remake, which the entire cast be replace and all the original stories of the Ghostbusters mytho being erased.

    However you wish to call it, it’s undeniable that it is a remake.

    “Ocean’s 8”, however, is a soft reboot – an actual continuation of the original story that makes what happen in “11”, “12” and “13” cannon. Hell, there’s a genuine chance one of those male characters just shows up in “8” – ‘would surprise me for a second to see Danny call in to say hi to his sister.

    So… not the same thing. At all. ‘Doesn’t mean the movie will be any good, but it certainly suggest it won’t be a Feig-level mess.

    • Just This Guy, You Know? says:

      If that’s the case, I could support that. Wasn’t a huge fan of 12, and 13 had redeeming moments but just wasn’t 11. I could appreciate a different spin if it kept continuity. I just don’t want it to become a giant Feig-up.

      • mightymad says:

        After the “GB16” debacle, I’m pretty sure Hollywood is truly fed up with any new Feig-ups.

  18. Rock Cee says:

    whats wrong with hollywood lately? Even fan fav ghostbuster flop with the new all fem reboot. Too much lgbt or feminist? Go back to making money please.

  19. Jill Williams says:

    Sounds like it’ll lose more money than fem Ghostbusters. Can’t wait to see it bomb – popcorn ready for this one!

  20. Jim says:

    The new Hollywood copycat gimmick to re-package reboots. Yawn.

  21. E says:

    Typo paragraph two “Warnwr Bros”

  22. Marc says:

    Awkwafina can’t act, just wasn’t a good actor in “Neighbors 2.”

    They need another older woman in the mix like Bonnie Hunt. I’d replace Awkwafina with Nessa.

  23. Didn’t they learn their lesson with Ghostbusters?

  24. michael says:

    Has anyone done the math? 8 is 72% of 11.

  25. Gracie says:

    What a terrific cast! All so talented in different ways. Many oscar winners and nominees! This is quite exciting and I can’t wait to see it!

  26. Sal says:

    Didn’t like the originals. I mean, their fine.. But they don’t need to be rebooted, down with reboots! And also, can we women not have our own movies??? Or are we only allowed the sloppy seconds of men’s movies?

  27. IT has a pretty solid cast, and honestly i will most likely watch the movie. I enjoyed 11 and like quite a few of the actresses on here. I think what will make and break the movie will be how they relate it to the previous movies. If you are naming it Ocean’s 8 then you have to connect it with the cast of Ocean’s 11 somehow.
    Even if its something as superficial and minor as Clooney or Brad Pitt having introduced the new main characters into the world of crime or something like that, or they could do the reverse as well and make this a prequel to Oceans 11. As long as its seen as a part of the original canon as opposed to some alternate canon it has a good chance of me seeing it. I hope they take a page from Marvel rather than Sony on Ghostbusters on this one.
    Marvel is replacing Iron man with an African American girl lead BUT they are not making her Tony Stark. She is her own character and Tony Stark is still his own character as well, he didnt disappear into oblivion.

    Just ignoring the other movies is not something that usually works out.

    I am really hoping though they dont fall into the Ghostbusters trap of making a reboot that has no reason to be. Ghostbusters would have been far better received had they made it a sequel instead of an alternate retelling. They could have left 95% of the movie the same, simply added some news paper clippings of what had happened 30 years ago, and then a news clipping that all of them died in Tunguska under mysterious circumstances or something like that. some 2 minute connection point and people would have seen it as the third part to the story rather than a replacement to the story

  28. Sue Donnymouse says:

    Hahaha, next thing you know they’ll be doing an all-female “Magic Mike”! Or an all-female “A League of Their Own”! *SMH*

  29. JR says:

    I wonder when Hollywood is going to do an all male version of “The Women”.

  30. Low says:

    Yessss!! Exciting, can’t wait

  31. Sexracist says:

    I guess the box office memo hasn’t been taken seriously by Warners: WE DON’T WANT YOUR STINKIN SEQUELS AND REBOOTS

    See: Ghostbusters, Tarzan, Independence Day, Alice, TMNT, BenHur

  32. fuck says:

    wtf has the world come to, this has got to be the most contrived disgusting idea for a “film” in the last 100 years. These actresses are for the most part laughably bad, and this shite will be even worse. The people responsible should burn for this

  33. Duke says:

    So is it a remake/reboot or a sequel? Article says it’s a “reboot”, but then it also says, “…the pic continues the ‘Ocean’s Eleven’ trilogy…” and “this is very much an extension and a continuation” which makes it sound like a sequel.

  34. therealeverton says:

    Sounds like a good cast and a good idea. Not 100% about Gary ross with it though.

  35. Kayla says:

    7 out of 8 down. Cough cough Margot Robbie cough cough

  36. Bollocks Malarkey says:

    Remake, remake, remake, sequel, prequel….NyQuil….yawn…oops, I just fell asleep again.

  37. She was in Battleship. That’s all I have to say.

  38. Jon says:

    Terrible idea…see: Ghostbusters.

    • Jeremy says:

      What’s next- The Godmother?

    • You don’t know until it comes out…see: Ocean’s 11.

      That was a remake too and it was a welcome take on the original classic. Or does it just bother you that it’s a female cast? The majority of these actresses are extremely talented, popular, versatile and entertaining. Rosalind Russell’s role in His Girl Friday was originally played by a man. Ripley, in Alien, was originally intended for a male actor. Katee Sackhoff kicked ass as a replacement for the original Starbuck on Battlestar Galactica. It’s all about the script (Ghostbusters’ biggest weakness) and direction. This is a great cast and I just hope they come up with an idea that gives the film a reason to exist.

      • MovieSnob says:

        Oceans 11 was remade in 2001, the original in 1960. Doing a remake 41 years apart to update the clearly dated references and scenes for a new generation seems fine. Reusing the same idea 15 years later when the 2001 movie is still in peoples minds seems overdoing it. Nothing fresh from hollywood, just rehash the same garbage from 10-15 years ago and watch the idiots gobble it up.

        Doesn’t really rustle my jimmys tho, I won’t be seeing it. I just enjoy laughing at the absurdity of these flame wars and laugh when bad ideas from hollywood fail (see GB16)

      • Jake says:

        The idea right now is Oceans 11 but with women. To me that sounds like a lame idea. Not saying it can’t be good, but there’s nothing exciting about it, unless you find gender swapping inherently exciting, which I suppose some people would.

        Great casts come together and make horrible movies all the time.

      • Jeremy says:

        I think the point is that an all female cast remake may not be the best idea- See Ghostbusters (2016. His point was not that women are terrible actors.

        Are there any original ideas??? Bridesmaids was all female and was great, this seems terrible in the same way that Ghostbusters was bad…switching out men for women isn’t going to cut it.

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