As bored as we are of Hollywood’s unrelenting sequel culture, it’s hard not to be here for Ocean’s 8, the latest addition to the Ocean’s Eleven franchise that stars literally all of our favorite women and also partially takes place during the Met Gala. Re-imagining the classic early-aughts heist films with an all-female cast, the movie stars Sandra Bullock as Debbie Ocean, the estranged sister to George Clooney’s Danny Ocean, who gets out of prison and swiftly assembles a team that includes Cate Blanchett, Mindy Kaling, Rihanna, Sarah Paulson, and Awkwafina to steal a $150,000,000 necklace from Anne Hathaway’s character at the biggest fashion event of the year. I mean, come on. It doesn’t get much better than this as far as casting or plotlines go.
The series, which was directed by Steven Soderbergh, encompasses Ocean’s Eleven, Ocean’s Twelve, and Ocean’sThirteen, though it’s been ten years since the last film came out. Soderbergh is attached to Ocean’s 8 as a producer, but it was directed by Pleasantville and The Hunger Games director Gary Ross, who also co-wrote the film with Olivia Milch. While it appears to mostly exist separately from the first three films, Matt Damon, who played a central character in the franchise, will reportedly make an appearance, which is unfortunate, given his unsavory recent comments regarding sexual assault in Hollywood.
The film isn’t due out until June 2018, but for now, we’re living for this trailer, which is equal parts sleek, thrilling, and laugh-out-loud funny. Seems like the best way to reboot a tired old action franchise is to cast a group of badass, multiracial women in the stereotypically male roles. Who knew!