The Ocean’s Eleven series has historically focused on the achievements of its male characters — groups of men coming together to throw caution to the wind — but the sort-of sequel Ocean’s 8 reenvisions the series as an all-female job. As detailed in the film’s latest trailer, Debbie Ocean (Sandra Bullock), the “estranged sister” to George Clooney’s Danny Ocean from the trilogy, begins drafting her all-star lineup to pull off a jewelry heist at the Met Gala in New York. Their target: a $150 million necklace worn by a character played by Anne Hathaway.
When filmmaker Steven Soderbergh made Ocean’s Eleven in 2001, he was riffing on a 1960 film that was best known for featuring the likes of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, and Sammy Davis, Jr. Accordingly, he stocked the cast with what felt like modern-day Rat Pack equivalents: actors like Clooney, Brad Pitt, and Matt Damon. As the rebooted franchise continued on through 2007, it tried to exude the same kind of retro swagger, even though at times the films seemed to be doing little more than coasting on movie star charisma. As a concept, it began to feel dated rather than retro. Screenwriter Olivia Milch’s take for Ocean’s 8 offers the chance to view the entire conceit in a different context.
Judging from the sequel’s latest trailer, the franchise’s dry wit and humor are front and center, anchored by a truly top-tier cast that also includes Cate Blanchett, Mindy Kaling, Rihanna, Sarah Paulson, and Awkwafina.
Ocean’s 8 is scheduled to arrive in theaters on June 8th.